Michigan State Spartans landed in Dallas on Christmas Day to start work for their match-up against Alabama in the Cotton Bowl.

Michigan State Spartans landed in Dallas to start work for their match-up against Alabama in the 80th Cotton Bowl Classic with a trip to the National Championship Game on the line.

While others finished up their Christmas activities, the Michigan State Spartans were arriving in Dallas, Texas to start work for their match-up against Alabama in the 80th Cotton Bowl Classic.

While many talking heads have already awarded the Crimson Tide the game, Mark Dantonio’s team has plans to crash Nick Saban’s New Year’s party plans by punching their ticket to the National Championship Game.

Here is look at how the two teams match-up on the stat sheet.

Matchup Preview  |  December 31, 2015
#3 Michigan State Spartans
(12-1)
#2 Alabama Crimson Tide
(12-1)
Offensive Stats Comparison
417 SCORING 443
32.1 POINTS PER GAME 34.1
2089 RUSHING YARDAGE 2707
24 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS 28
3069 PASSING YARDAGE 2786
26 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS 18
5158 TOTAL OFFENSE 5493
69-567 PENALTIES-YARDS 81-745
33:18 TIME OF POSSESSION 33:53
95-188 51% 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS 67-184 36%
43-50 86% RED-ZONE SCORES 45-56 80%
Defensive Stats Comparison
266 POINTS ALLOWED 187
20.5 POINTS PER GAME ALLOWED 14.4
1470 RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED 962
14 RUSHING TDS ALLOWED 6
2988 PASSING YARDS ALLOWED 2394
18 PASSING TDS ALLOWED 13
4458 TOTAL OFFENSE ALLOWED 3356
26:42 TIME OF POSSESSION ALLOWED 26:07
61-174 35% 3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS ALLOWED 55-197 38%
15-30 50% 4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS ALLOWED 6-17 35%
32-38 84% RED-ZONE SCORES ALLOWED 20-24 83%

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