Outback Bowl Open Thread | #17 Michigan State vs #16 Georgia


10-3 (7-2)
Big Ten Legends Champions

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
12:00 pm CST
TV: ABC


10-3 (7-2)
SEC East Champions

Another year, another consolation trip to Florida for the Spartans while Wisconsin heads out west for the Rose Bowl. This year Michigan State has an even bigger bone to pick considering their narrow regular season victory over the Badgers was made completely irrelevant thanks to a rematch in the Big Ten Championship Game. College football is just so unfair, y'all. Boo hoo.

Anyway, Michigan State is seeking its first bowl victory of the Mark Dantonio era. Dantonio has coached the Spartans to their first back-to-back 10-win seasons, and for the fourth time in five seasons under him they will play a bowl game in Florida. Their last bowl win came at the expense of Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Classic.

After getting flat out embarrassed by our own beloved Tide in last year's Capital One Bowl the Spartans again face an SEC opponent this postseason, Eastern Division Champions Georgia. The Bulldogs fell 42-10 to LSU in the SEC championship game, ending a 10-game winning streak by allowing 42 unanswered points and finishing with season lows in points, rushing yards and total yards, while UGA QB Aaron Murray completed only 16 of 40 passes for 163 yards, one TD and two INTs, and they may have a tough time regrouping against a Spartan defense that finished fifth in the nation, allowing 272.7 yards per game.


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