Spartans Finish No. 14 in Final Polls

With all the college games finished, and a National Champion crowned, Michigan State fell in the final polls to finish the season ranked No. 14 in the final Associated Press and USA TODAY Polls. Not a bad finish considering the Spartans started the season unranked.

The 2010 Michigan State football season will go down in the record books as one of the best. While the Spartans came up short in reaching a BCS Bowl game, they did win a share of the Big Ten title and played on New Year's Day.

Despite the poor showing against Alabama, the Spartans finished ranked for the second time in the last three seasons and showed find themselves in many Preseason Top 25 rankings in early summer.

Mark Dantonio also found success in his fourth season at the Spartans helm earning National Coach of the Year by several media outlets including

The Spartans improved upon a 6-7 in 2009 to finish 11-2 and earn an appearance in the Capital One Bowl. It marked the fourth-straight postseason engagement under Mark Dantonio and the Spartans head coach spoke about why his team made such a turn around.

"When evaluating the full body of work, we won a school-record 11 games and the school's first Big Ten Championship in 20 years. We played extremely well in close games, winning several in the fourth quarter. The 2010 senior class has set the bar for our program, winning a school-record 33 games over the last four seasons and earning four-straight postseason bowl appearances."

Winter workouts and then spring football practice will bring much talk about the Spartans 2011 chances with a season opening home game on Saturday, September 3 against Youngstown State. The Spartans could welcome back as many as 13 starters from this year's team, six on offense, six on defense, and one specialist.

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