September 16, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Eleventh-ranked Michigan State returns to the field Saturday to face Eastern Michigan, and although the Spartans lost their showdown at Oregon two weekends ago, coach Mark Dantonio's team remains highly regarded.

The euphoria from last season's Rose Bowl run hasn't worn off. Now the question is whether the Spartans can do enough against their remaining opponents to earn a spot in college football's four-team playoff.

If the Spartans win the rest of their games and take the Big Ten title, they'd probably be part of the playoff conversation, although their conference is off to a poor start this season.

Dantonio made one thing clear at his news conference Tuesday: He isn't worried about running up huge margins of victory to impress the playoff committee.

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