EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State returns to the field Saturday to face Eastern Michigan, and although it lost its showdown at Oregon two weekends ago, coach Mark Dantonio's team remains highly regarded.
The euphoria from last season's Rose Bowl run hasn't worn off. Now the question is whether the 11th-ranked Spartans can do enough against their remaining opponents to earn a spot in college football's four-team playoff.
"Here we are at the beginning of the season with the bye after two games, that's very early in the process. And I think any time that's happening, you want to play," Dantonio said. "We want to be fresh. We want to be motivated to play and have great attention to detail, all those different things we talk about."