‘Tis the season to be miffed about what crappy bowl game you'll be playing in. The Holiday Bowl is generally thought of as "semi-decent" but Michigan State had its sights set on a trip to Florida. And if you
, it isn't so much the Spartans are playing a top 25 team in San Diego as much as it is getting passed over by rival Michigan. MSU finished 9-3 and 7-2 in Big Ten play. UM finished 8-4 and 5-4 in Big Ten play AND lost to Sparty straight up. The Wolverines get to play on New Year's in the Outback Bowl while the Spartans play on Dec. 28 against Washington State. Plenty of time to "recover" but we've seen teams fail to show up in the postseason for far less circumstances.
"I just look at it as an opportunity to play in the Holiday Bowl right now," Dantonio said. "The records are what they are. I’ll just continue to concentrate on beating Michigan and let things sort of sort out."
"Life’s about how you handle disappointments," Dantonio said. "I would not say going to the Holiday Bowl is a big disappointment. I’m excited about it. Very excited about the opportunity, so that’s where we’re going to play."