On New Year’s Day, the Big Ten Champion Michigan State Spartans will take on the Pac-12 Champion Stanford Cardinal in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl.
For Stanford fans, this is really nothing new. They won last year’s game over the Wisconsin Badgers, and are seeking their second straight victory in the Granddaddy of ‘em All.
For Michigan State, though, this is a moment that they’ve been waiting for for quite some time now. Their last appearance in the Rose Bowl as the champs of the Big Ten was all the way back in 1988, a 20-17 victory over the USC Trojans.
With their Big Ten Championship Game win over the previously-unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes a few weeks ago, they ended the long drought and Spartans fans can now go enjoy the wonders of California.
And believe me, they are.
A recent graphic for the Rose Bowl stadium distribution of fans shows that there will be significantly more Michigan State faithful at the game on New Year’s Day than there will be Stanford fans.
Basically, the game may as well have been played at Spartan Stadium.