Michigan State entered their second trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State as the underdog. The Buckeyes had yet to lose a game under head coach Urban Meyer and despite having the best defensive unit in the country, very few outside of those cheering for the Green & White gave the No. 10 ranked Spartans much of a chance.
However, that is why they play the game and Mark Dantonio and his staff had the Spartans ready to battle until the end as they rallied from a seven-point third-quarter deficit to win 34-24 and keep the Buckeyes out of playing for a BCS national championship.
The victory pushed the Spartans up the rankings and into the Rose Bowl where they will battle Stanford marking the first time the Spartans have headed to Pasadena since 1988. This is the only BCS appearance made by the Spartans in program history and only the fifth trip to the Rose Bowl for the program. This is the Spartans 24-th postseason bowl appearance overall and seventh bowl game under Dantonio.