Michigan State staggered through three quarters, then turned it on to surprise Baylor, 42-41, in Thursday's Cotton Bowl. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was among the 71,464 at AT&T Stadium. Check his other images after the jump.
Michigan State was arguably the nation's best team at the end of last season, but when it came time to select participants in the BCS title game, there wasn't a word mentioned about the Spartans. Yes, politics and reputation play just as big of a role as on-field results. It was said Michigan State's conference wasn't tough enough and besides, who were these Spartans? The bright lights of the national stage would certainly get to them. Michigan State would have none of it. The Spartans held their ground with the nation's best defense and ended Ohio State's 24-game winning streak in the Big Ten title game. Then they toppled Stanford in the Rose Bowl. The Spartans enter 2014 having won 10 in a row, second-longest streak to Florida State's 16.
Wiz correspondent made the trek to Indianapolis on Saturday for the Big Ten title game between Ohio State and Michigan State. By now you know the story. Things didn't go as planned for Ohio State. The Buckeyes lost their first game under Urban Meyer, 34-24, and with it their hopes of playing in the Bowl Championship Series title game. Sparty, meanwhile, is headed to Pasadena, the team's first appearance in the Rose Bowl since 1988. The developments set off a wild celebration in East Lansing.
The scene in Indianapolis featured some of the most unique headgear Greg has encountered this season. Check out the images after the jump.
The last installment of season ticket videos. Teams represented: South Florida, Virginia Tech, Humboldt State, Michigan State, Illinois, San Diego State, Colorado State, Florida, Ball State, Purdue and Texas El Paso
Mark Dantonio was a combined five games over .500 in his first three seasons at Michigan State, then the Spartans put together back-to-back 11-win campaigns.
But a 7-6 finish in 2012 has to be considered a not only a disappointment, but a source of frustration. Five of the six losses came by a combined 13 points. Michigan State finally won a close game when it reached the postseason — a 17-16 win over Texas Christian in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.