Spartans Bowl Outlook Should Be Warm, a Guest Author Take by Max DeMara

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After Michigan State’s decisive come from behind win against Penn State in the battle for the Land Grant Trophy, it is clear that the Spartans should be heading for a warm weather bowl destination this holiday season.

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The impressive resolve showcased in this game, rallying against a marvelous defense in the cold and sleet, all but settles the notion that this 7-5 season was an incredible success for first year coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans just refused to lose at home on senior day in front of their family and about 60,000+ friends.

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After all that this group of players has gone through this season, it would be only fitting for the Spartans to end up playing in Tempe, Arizona at the Insight Bowl or Orlando, Florida at the Champs Sports Bowl (depending on what happens with the rest of the Big Ten teams.) This group deserves the honor, and this group of seniors deserves to go out on top at a fun location. The Motor City Bowl is a great bowl game, but the Spartans have simply played too well down the stretch to warrant nothing more than a short bus ride to Detroit.Â

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Warm weather bowls help to boost national exposure, which in turn helps assist recruiting. There is nothing that would help continue to reshape this program more than getting exposure in recruiting hotbeds like the Southwest or Florida. These seniors would love nothing more than to set their team up for continued success down the road by being the group that got the ball rolling and Spartan football back on the radar at a warm weather bowl game.

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Of course, bowl committees love to make money for their game and the communities surrounding it. This being the case, they should look no further than to invite the wonderful fans and alumni from Spartan Nation! There is no doubt that Michigan State travels exceptionally well as proven by previous bowl games and Final Four appearances. Fans and alumni groups from all over the south would be clamoring to purchase tickets to see the Spartans up close. It would be a win-win situation for the committee as well as the fans.

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The Spartans rallied to save their season against Indiana; they rallied to extend it later against Purdue. Saturday they bravely earned the right to prolong it by taking a nice long trip to a warm bowl destination. This would be the best (and most appropriate) gift that all Spartan players and fans could ask for this holiday season.