After an incredible finish against Iowa, the Michigan State Spartans are your Big Ten Champions. More importantly, they're headed to the College Football Playoff.
The No. 5 Spartans defeated No. 4 Iowa in the Big Ten title game Saturday night, 16-13. That win pushed Mark Dantonio's team to 12-1 on the season and clinched a spot in one of the biggest games the FBS has to offer. Now, their conference trophy will double as their entry ticket to the bracket alongside the three best teams in the nation.
That invitation will be another validation of Dantonio's work as a head coach. He has guided the Spartans to five 11+ win seasons in the past six years and three New Year's Day bowl games. With two more victories, he can lay claim to the greatest accomplishment in college football -- a national championship.
Michigan State was led by senior quarterback Connor Cook, who passed for 2,730 yards and a sparkling 24:4 touchdown:interception ratio in 2015. However, his team won their biggest game of the regular season without him. Cook was sidelined by an injured shoulder in advance of MSU's showdown at No. 3 Ohio State, but the Spartan defense - and backup Tyler O'Connor rose up to lift this team to a huge victory and a path to the Big Ten East title.