Even though it may appear that the Spartans have more to play for than the Crimson Tide, don't expect the Tide to come unprepared.
Think about it, had 'Bama given up on its season after being upset by South Carolina, would it have gone on to finish with a 9-3 record?
Definitely not in the SEC, and not to mention the Tide almost upset rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
If Alabama is playing for anything, pride would have to be the reason. If there's anything that will "will" you to play, pride is that intangible.
As for Sparty, they will be motivated to gain respect for not only themselves, but their conference as well. That is not going to be enough to defeat the Tide, however.
Therefore, this Top 10 countdown of the keys to the game for Michigan State should prepare you the fan as well.