Spartans Await Bowl Destination - Next Chapter For MSU Starts Tonight

Spartans Await Bowl Destination - Next Chapter For MSU Starts Tonight

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Spartans Await Bowl Destination - Next Chapter For MSU Starts Tonight

Following its 7-5 season, Michigan State will find out its bowl destination Sunday evening. What are the possibilities and who might the Spartans face?

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Back in August, Michigan State fans were about as optimistic about the Spartans’ potential as they’d been in a few years.

The storyline was known to everyone in Green & White.

The team was returning a gazillion starters, the defense was going to be among the best in the nation, the biggest games were going to be played at Spartan Stadium, and a Big Ten Championship was a very realistic goal for everyone.

Months later, the Spartans await their bowl destination after a disappointing 7-5 season that was full of frustration, injuries, a lack of offensive production, and losses in the season’s biggest match-ups.

The 21-17 victory over Penn State at Happy Valley will be something the 2018 Spartans will always be able to look back on with pride – and the performance from that day what was expected over the course of the entire season.

Brian Lewerke’s injury that afternoon at Penn State proved to have a dramatic impact on the team’s ability to capitalize on that massive win and losses in the biggest games of the back half of the season kept the Spartans out of the hunt for the Big Ten East division title.

But on Sunday evening, a whole new chapter begins for this program as the reality of a bowl matchup will shift the focus from the disappointment of the season to the opportunities ahead.

The Experts at ESPN are speculating that Michigan State will end up playing at Yankee Stadium in the Pinstripe Bowl against either Georgia Tech or Duke.

Some out there would take pleasure in denigrating a trip to the House That Ruth Built – but I lived and worked in New York City for many years and getting the chance to do just about anything in Yankee Stadium would be a sensational experience for the players, coaches, and fans.

And, all of the folks who jam into Blondie’s on West 79th Street for every Spartan football and basketball game can all pile into the Uptown 2 Train to the Bronx and cheer on the team in an incredible, iconic setting.

You think getting a chance to play a bowl game in New York City is “lame?”

You’ve obviously never been to New York City.

My good pal Jerry Palm at CBSSports.com has Michigan State playing in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day against Texas A&M.

So, Palm’s perspective is that the 7-5 season ends with a game on New Year’s Day against an SEC team?

What about that scenario wouldn’t be great?

The Experts at the USA Today have Michigan State in the Gator Bowl on December 31st playing against Auburn.

Hmm – ringing in the New Year by celebrating a victory over Auburn in the Gator Bowl?  That sounds pretty fantastic to me.

Sports Illustrated has the Spartans in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day going up against Mississippi State.

That’s a collection of some pretty good possibilities.

Tonight we’ll all know where the Spartans are headed and there will be a whole new batch of opportunities for a team that will begin to prepare for a potentially redemptive season in 2019.

So, enough of the downtrodden thoughts about the way this 2018 went for this team.

Bring on the bowl announcement and let’s get to turning the page and focusing on a great opportunity to both finish the 2018 season strong and kick off the mission for 2019 in powerful and meaningful fashion….

Oct 20, 2018; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio walks his team to Spartan Stadium prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

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