Cougs accept invitation to Holiday Bowl

Spartans End Missouri State's Volleyball Season

Spartans End Missouri State's Volleyball Season

The Spartans are 5-2 all-time against the Pac-12 Cougars (9-3), who defeated MSU 23-21 the last time the met in 1977.

For weeks, it appeared Michigan State would be headed to a bowl picking ahead of the Holiday Bowl in the Big Ten pecking order, but a chain of events in the past 24 hours paved the way for the Spartans to come to San Diego.

Michigan State and Washington State have played head-to-head seven times, with the Spartans leading the series 5-2.

Also, Michigan already had ongoing negotiations with the Outback Bowl representatives to send the Wolverines down to Tampa. 7 Penn State, but they lost games to Notre Dame and Northwestern earlier in the year, and were annihilated 48-3 by No. 13 Ohio State on November 11.

"There is definitely a difference between going to a bowl game and winning it and going there and not winning", Dantonio said. The Spartans have a better record and resume than the Wolverines (8-4, 5-4) and beat them 14-10 in Ann Arbor on October 7. The Wolverines (8-4) have not been ranked since losing at Wisconsin on November 18.


The Spartans' last trip to California was for the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014.

The announcement was made Sunday afternoon.

The Buckeyes were No. 5 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, while Wisconsin was No. 6. "San Diego is a wonderful destination for our fans and we look forward to celebrating the 40th year of the bowl game with a tremendous week of activities, culminating with a great bowl matchup against a storied program in Michigan State". Ohio State played in 2014 and 2016, while MSU was in the 2015 semifinals.

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