The Michigan State Spartans are trying to avenge a BCS snub created by the bureaucratic system which is known as the BCS, as the Alabama Crimson Tide are just looking to win a bowl game after a disappointing season.
Michigan State comes in with a record of 11-1 and finished tied for first in the Big Ten with Wisconsin and Ohio State. Due to the Spartans BCS ranking of ninth, they were left out of a BCS game as there can only be two teams from a conference in the BCS. They were left out and are out for revenge.
Alabama meanwhile comes in with a record of 9-3 and finished fourth in a very strong SEC West. At the beginning of the season, the Crimson Tide were looking to repeat as national champs until their hopes were dashed. They are now just looking to do the next best thing: win the Capital One Bowl.
Here are some keys to victory for the Spartans.