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On the field, Stanford and Michigan State are two remarkably similar teams in their philosophies and playing style. But when you look at the storylines of their separate journeys to the 100th Rose Bowl Game, a stark contrast becomes evident.
The following is the first of five installments of The Stanford Daily’s “Meet the Spartans” series, which will give an in-depth look at Michigan State leading into the 100th Rose Bowl Game between No. 4 Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford on Jan. 1. Today’s piece will focus on the Spartans’ secondary. Come back to stanforddaily.com/category/sports for the next four days for looks at the Spartans’ front seven, run offense, pass offense and special teams.
Stanford head coach David Shaw and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio previewed what they expected to be a physical 100th Rose Bowl Game in a Sunday night teleconference, as the No. 4 Spartans (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten) and No. 5 Cardinal (11-2, 7-2 Pac-12) began to move forward from their respective conference championship game victories on Saturday.