Sparty doesn't have a stellar bowl record, as MSU's seniors are looking for the first bowl win of their careers. But they can't be discounted, as these seniors have helped MSU own one of the top defenses in the country.
TCU's victory was a symbolic one, and it overwhelmed the players and coaches from Fort Worth. Across the country, the degree to which Mississippi State overwhelmed Michigan was also symbolic for Rich Rodriguez, and cemented his future.
Bruce Feldman makes his picks for the January 1 bowl games, and some beforehand as well. He sees Michigan-Mississippi State (Gator) as similar to Michigan-MSU earlier this year -- but will it be enough to help Rich Rodriguez?