Scott Reed - Spartan Digest

Michigan State senior center Jack Allen has no problem with the Spartans entering the Cotton Bowl as an underdog to Alabama.

Michigan State fifth-year senior center Jack Allen and his teammates have learned over the years the role of an underdog suits the Spartans like a glove.

Call it what you want.  Chip on the shoulder, underdog, disrespect.  For Michigan State Spartans center Jack Allen the Spartans going into a game as a non-favorite gives them a sense of strength.

“For us, I think we played best when we are the underdog and nobody believes in us,” said Allen.  “You guys have probably heard that a hundred time.  I don’t know.  It’s when we thrive.  They put their socks on the same way we do in the morning.  There’s no magic to it.  They’re just guys like us.  And I think we’ll be ready to play.”

Like other Spartans, Allen found a few days off to heal a help.  However, he also knows the game is a grind.

“It’s good to get a little time off,” he said.  “We got the last couple of days off.  At the same time, it’s is football and you are at the end of the season.  And - I don’t know - it’s kind of ‘What do you expect this late in the season?’"

Does Allen feel the Spartans enter this year’s Cotton Bowl with a different mindset from a year ago?

“Yeah,” he said.  “I think there’s more on the line obviously.  But at the same time, it’s still a game and we got to approach it like that, just do your job.  If you beat the guy across from you, you’ll be fine.”

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