Had some chips fallen in different places in 2013, the Michigan State Spartans could very well have been playing for a national championship last season. Instead, after finishing the regular season 11-1, the Spartans and QB Connor Cook went on to knock off the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game and then followed that up with a win over the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.
While winning the Rose Bowl was quite the accomplishment for Cook and the rest of the team, frankly he’s tired of hearing about how they should be content with that they ended up with.
“We’re tired of people talking about the Rose Bowl,” Cook told Andy Staples of SI.com.
Had the College Football Playoff been in place last year rather than this upcoming season, then the Spartans would have been right in the mix with the chance to compete against both Florida State and Auburn, the two teams that ended up battling it out for the ultimate prize, and Cook would have loved that.
“We felt like we could have been right in there,” Cook said. “We’d have loved to have been in there against Florida State or Auburn.”
Whether or not the Spartans could have outlasted everyone last year in the four-team playoff format, we’ll never know. But one thing that we do know for sure is that Cook will be back in 2014 to make sure that his team gets a rightful shot at the national crown.