It's Holiday Bowl for Michigan State vs. Washington State

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo calls out to his team in the second half of their college basketball game against Notre Dame at Breslin Center in East Lansing on Thursday

On Sunday, Dantonio was asked if he felt slighted that his 9-3 Spartans ended up in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl while the rival Wolverines head to the Outback Bowl with an 8-4 record.

But because Wisconsin landed in the Orange Bowl, the Big Ten could not fill the Citrus Bowl, Michigan State's long-projected destination. The Spartans concluded the regular season with victories over Maryland and Rutgers, tying Penn State for second in the Big Ten Conference's seven-team East Division, one game behind division champion Ohio State.

The Nebraska starters were a combined 11-44 from the field as the Huskers shot just 27% despite hitting 10-22 from 3-point range while Michigan State was 47% overall but only 5-19 from long-range. "It is a first-class event and the staff treated us exceptionally well last season". The Cougars put the bowl in the national consciousness two years later when they scored three touchdowns in the final minutes to upset highly regarded Southern Methodist 46-45 - in an era when pinball scores weren't as common as today.

A year ago, the Cougars lost to Minnesota 17-12 in the Holiday Bowl.

Tickets for the 2017 Holiday Bowl may be ordered through later this afternoon (Sunday, Dec. 3). The game will be televised nationally on FS1. Fans may also call the WSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-COUGS starting at 9 a.m. Monday.

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