Michigan State Controls Its BCS Destiny

By Erik Sargent

The latest edition of the BCS Standings were released tonight and the Michigan State Spartans found themselves in the 11th spot, moving up two spots from last week.

This jump comes after the 10-1 Spartans defeated the Northwestern Wildcats in convincing fashion on the road this week and locked up a Legends Division Title in the Big 10 and also secured a place in the Big 10 Championship Game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

For Michigan State, head coach Mark Dantonio and staff have made it no secret that they have their sets set on making a BCS Bowl this season and that anything less than that would be a disappointment.

That goal is still completely obtainable, but the Spartans must win out or they will find themselves playing in a secondary bowl yet again.

It’s widely know that Michigan State isn’t loved much by the computers and also the Spartans didn’t help themselves out at the beginning of the season, playing sloppy football games against Western Michigan and South Florida and losing on the road against a mediocre Notre Dame team.

Factor all of that in with the fact that there are quite a few good one-loss teams out there and the fact that the Wisconsin Badgers aren’t far behind in the BCS rankings and should win against Penn State, and you realize that Michigan State’s chances of getting an at-large bid if they lose to Ohio State aren’t very good.

This would be an extreme disappointment to not only the coaching staff and the team, but for a fan base that has waited since 1987 to see the Spartans make it back to the Rose Bowl.

Ohio State will be by and large the toughest test Michigan State faces this whole season and the Buckeyes will show just how legit the Spartans are, but don’t expect Dantonio and crew to back down with a Rose Bowl at stake.

Erik Sargent is a college football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Erik_Sargent, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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