November 22, 2011


EAST LANSING - Their ticket is punched for Indy, but Michigan State plans to head there at full speed. Mark Dantonio has no plans to take the foot off the gas in Evanston.

"You know, we want to be in charge of this division," Dantonio said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. "We want to be the champion, the one champion, not sharing the
co-championship or anything of that nature. We want to make a statement to that effect, 10-2.

"I'm not going to sit here and alibi the situation if we don't win and say, well, we didn't play as hard as we could. I don't think that's acceptable or fair to anybody involved in this. "

The Spartans (9-2,6-1) clinched the Big Ten Legends Division title after their 55-3 win over Indiana this past Saturday and will play the winner of the Penn State/Wisconsin game at the inaugural Big Ten Championship game on December 3 no matter the outcome on Saturday at Northwestern. This has led some to question whether or not Michigan State may benefit from resting, or limiting, some of their top players against the Wildcats.

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