Basketball is king in East Lansing.
Tom Izzo is easily one of the top five coaches in college basketball. He has taken the Spartans to six Final Fours, two different national championship games and he won the 2000 title against Florida.
In football, Michigan State has really taken big strides since Mark Dantonio took over in 2006. The past five seasons in East Lansing have culminated in five bowl games. In addition, Dantonio is 3-0 against Michigan in the last three years, and he is 4-1 against the Wolverines overall.
Two years ago, Michigan State was co-Big Ten champion with Ohio State and Wisconsin.
This past year, the Spartans were the regular season conference champions, but just missed its shot at the Rose Bowl because of a roughing-the-kicker penalty.