After dispatching the Gophers 14-3 on Saturday, the Spartans finally can turn all their attention to Ohio State and the Big Ten Championship Game – and some might be getting ready faster than others.
"My kids said, ‘Dad, do you want us to DVR the Ohio State game? I said, ‘Yes please," defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. "So as soon as I get home, I'll sit down in that recliner, probably have a couple snacks and start looking at them right now."
After falling to the Buckeyes last season 17-16 in East Lansing, the Spartans didn't see undefeated OSU on their regular-season slate in 2013.
Senior safety Isaiah Lewis said he expects to see a different team than the one that eked out a win at MSU on its way to an undefeated 2012 season.
"We played them well last year," he said. "They only beat us by one point, but at the same time, they aren't the same team that they were last year."
The Spartans also are a much different team than they were last September.
"In terms of us, I think we've really flipped the switch," senior linebacker Max Bullough said. "Last year was a tough year for us. I thought we played them pretty well, held them to 17 points and had a fumble that would have been a touchdown that was called back and should have been a touchdown.
"We'll be ready to play. Not only do we have the same players, but those players are better and more experienced and have the experience of going there."
Senior linebacker Denicos Allen said there is no doubt the loss last year serves as motivation, but also how big it is to play Ohio State as an Ohio native.
"Being that we play them in the championship game this year, it's even more of a big game for me," Allen said. "It's my last chance I get to play them.
"There's a lot that I have been building up for this game and I can't wait to let it all out."