Dantonio Talks Champs Sports Bowl Preparation

"We had a great time at Disney World yesterday, some of the players were there for probably five or six hours. We practiced pretty hard yesterday and also went a little bit on Saturday. Our guys are focused – we know what we have to do. It will be a great challenge against BC and we are excited about it."

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*Click HERE for the official Champs Sports Bowl Patch for admission to Orlando's Bowl-a-Palooza. ================================================= ORLANDO, FL - Michigan State is wrapping up preparation for its fourth ever Florida Bowl game and first appearance in the Champs Sports Bowl on Friday.

With the Spartans and Eagles meeting for just the sixth time, MSU has a score to settle. The Eagles lead the series 3-1-1.

The Spartans enjoyed a visit to Walt Disney World as part of the week leading up to the game and Coach Mark Dantonio said they loved every minute of it.

"We had a great time at Disney World yesterday, some of the players were there for probably five or six hours. We practiced pretty hard yesterday and also went a little bit on Saturday. Our guys are focused – we know what we have to do. It will be a great challenge against BC and we are excited about it."

Dantonio said the team will have to do a little work today, despite it being Christmas Day but that he would take it easy on them.

"Well, we have to do a little bit of practice on Christmas Day but not much, it will be light."

"They'll have Christmas morning to themselves," he said. "There will be a service, and there will also be a service tonight. They'll be done at about 5 o'clock tomorrow, we'll just work them a couple of hours in the afternoon, it will be very light. I want them to have a great Christmas."

"A lot of players have family traveling down or will be away from their families, so we want to make it special for them. They will have time with their families. We will have a special Christmas dinner this evening."

Dantonio said overall, the weather has been about what the team expected. In preparation for the balmy temperatures in Florida, the coaching staff turned the heat up in the Duffy Daugherty practice facility to 80-85 degrees to simulate Orlando temperatures, but things have been milder than that.

"It's nice, very nice out here today. It's not too hot at all. We sort of expected this, and our players are soaking it up.

"We had our indoor building up to 85, 86 degrees for seven or eight practices, so I think we're acclimated. But it's playing the game again, so the bottom line will be how we're conditioned. I think we're in condition, but we'll find out on game day."

Michigan State faces Boston College at 5:00pm EST to be televised on ESPN.

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