The Spartans are in position to get their due, all their due, even if they think it’s overdue. Amid all the quirky scenarios, one thing came into sharper focus Tuesday night when the playoff committee revealed its latest rankings. Michigan State moved up to No. 5, just behind No. 4 Iowa, which basically sets up the Big Ten championship game as a playoff play-in.
Everything is set up for the Spartans; all they have to do now is win out. First and foremost is taking care of business on Saturday at Spartan Stadium by beating Penn State. This will not be an easy game; the Nittany Lions are solid on defense and will poise a challenge for the Spartan offense, which may or may not have QB Connor Cook. It will be a game day decision whether he plays or not. If not, backup Tyler O’Connor will start with Damion Terry seeing action as well. The two managed last Saturday’s game perfectly in Columbus against the Buckeyes.
The Spartans should be plenty motivated, this being Senior Day as well the opportunity to become the Big Ten East Champion and a chance to play for the Big Ten Championship on December 5 against the Iowa Hawkeyes in Indianapolis. It will mark the third time in five years, the Spartans will have that honor. Winner of that game will most likely get one of the four slots for the college playoffs to determine the national champion.