Outback Bowl: Michigan State (10-3) vs. Georgia (10-3)

Tampa, Florida

Jan 2, 1 ET

"This is another Big 10-SEC match up. If you look at those two conferences, you look at the bowl tie-ins. Those conferences more than the Big 12 and the Pac 12 have these tie-ins where they create bowl games that at least sound intriguing and sound like you will see a good game with traditional powers. Some of these games aren’t high-profile games, but you still have some bite to them because of the two schools.

For Michigan State, they end the year again with 10 wins. Mark Dantonio has done a really good job with turning that program around and staying consistent. They played eight quarters of outstanding football against Wisconsin. They lost such a close game, and you have to wonder what their mindset is. This is their second year in a row coming so close to the Rose Bowl. This year they end up losing in the Big 10 championship and go to the Outback Bowl. Last year they showed up against Alabama, went through the motions, and got embarrassed 49-7. You wonder if they’ve learned from that. Even if they are disappointed, you have to show up and play your football.
 
Both lost in their respective championship games. I think this is one of those games that both teams are a little disappointed, so it’ll be interesting to see which team can shake the cobwebs and show up. Who is more dialed in, excited, and more willing to compete and prepare? It’s easy to lose a team in preparation during those two or three weeks. Players have exams, banquets, awards, and holidays, so it’s easy to slip up and lose focus. I think it’s definitely a challenge. Whatever team wants to gain more will usually win the game. You wonder who will be more enthralled after both teams came so close to really special years."