Still, winning a conference championship like the Big Ten Title is always a monumental accomplishment.
For Michigan State, a rare opportunity to win that conference championship and play in the Rose Bowl is theirs for the taking.
MSU does not play Ohio State, still a formidable foe, this season. They have already defeated Michigan. They currently sit second in the conference and have Iowa at home this Saturday in a primetime battle at 7:00pm EST.
The situation is just too good for the Spartans not to take advantage of. Michigan isn't likely to stay down long, Ohio State will be back on the schedule next season and likely will be a National Championship contender again, Penn State is good, but not great and Michigan State will face them also at home.
This is the third year of Mark Dantonio's tenure at Michigan State. While there were some early bumps in the road breaking in new starters at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line, MSU seems to have settled in now, just in time to make a stretch run.
First up, MSU must find a a way to defeat Iowa on Saturday night. If they do, they control their own destiny as they step toward the season ending matchup against Penn State. Yes, their are potential pitfalls on the road at Minnesota and Purdue and after what Central Michigan did at Spartan Stadium, no one is likely to overlook Western.
Still, for MSU, they may not ever get a better shot at getting to Pasadena. It would be a shame if they didn't get it done.