The risk of playing in the conference title game still exists this time around and coach Mark Dantonio made that clear in his postgame comments Saturday.
The risk was lowered later that day when Wisconsin lost to Penn State 31-24, leaving Michigan State as the only other Big Ten team likely to be eligible for a BCS bid if it loses to Ohio State in Indianapolis.
But Dantonio isn't concerned with the possible scenarios because he doesn't plan on leaving a Rose Bowl spot up to chance.
"I am not thinking about losing," he said Sunday in a teleconference. "We are going to play to win and our players are very excited about it. We are going to look on the things we can control and that is one thing we can control."
Michigan State checked it at No. 10 in the latest BCS standings, released Sunday night. Ohio State was ranked No. 2, meaning the Buckeyes likely will play for the national championship if it wins Saturday. If that were the outcome, the Spartans could be in line for a spot in the Rose Bowl.
With the level of speculation around the bowl spots if the Spartans fall in Indianapolis for the second time in three years, Dantonio said the season his team has had should speak for itself already.
"From my standpoint we must win our football game, but we've done what we've needed to do to build, I guess a book on the season and right now we are 11 and one," he said.
"We will let that speak for itself."