Win a Bowl Game!
Under Dantonio, the Spartans will start preparations for their third New Year's Day bowl appearance in the last four years. Overall, the Spartans have gone to a post season game in each of Dantonio's five seasons since taking over the Spartans after the 2006 season.
Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis praised the work Dantonio has done in the official bowl announcement.
"It's remarkable what Mark Dantonio has accomplished in five short seasons at Michigan State," Hollis said.
This is not the first time Dantonio has played Georgia as head coach of the Spartans. The teams matched up in the 2009 Capital One Bowl that ended in a Bulldog 24-12 win over the Spartans.
Despite the disappointment, Dantonio was positive about his team's final game of the season.
"We're looking forward to having the opportunity to represent the Big Ten as Legends Division Champions in the Outback Bowl against a Top 20 opponent in Georgia, the SEC Eastern Division Champions," Dantonio said. "Our focus is on winning our last football game – the bowl game. It's important for our seniors – the winningest four-year class in Spartan history – to add a bowl victory to its long list of accomplishments.
"Obviously, we have a great deal of respect for Mark Richt and his football program. Georgia put together an impressive 10-game winning streak this season. This Outback Bowl game features two of the nation's top defensive teams (Georgia and MSU rank third and fifth, respectively, in total defense among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams). Offensively, Aaron Murray is a talented, young quarterback who directs an offensive attack that averages more than 400 total yards and 32 points per game.
"Three years ago, we played Georgia in the Capital One Bowl and that game went down to the wire, so fans can expect another close contest. We're excited for this opportunity."
*** The Outback Bowl will be played on January 2-nd at 1:00 PM at Raymond James Stadium. ***