Michigan State set for Big Ten Championship game

Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 23:32:25-05

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- The fifth-ranked Michigan State (11-1) football team has made it to Indianapolis for the third time in the last five years for the Big Ten Championship game, Saturday night the Spartans hope for a second title in that time as they square off with fourth-ranked Iowa (12-0).

"Really to me I don't know if that gives us an edge other than maybe we've sort of been here. But it speaks to our program's stability. It's more a program statement I think in terms of our lasting success rather than one here and done, not being back" Dantonio said in his press conference at Lucas Oil Field on Friday.

During Michigan State's recent success quarterback Connor Cook has had many chances to play in big games, tomorrow nights  games serves as another big stage for the fifth-year senior.

"Connor has played on a big stage and he has succeeded on big stages really form his sophomore year on up.  We are not going to be intimidated by the situation" Dantonio said.  "I think he's done very well on a big stage and we'll obviously need him to play well tomorrow."

The winner of the game is all but guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff and a shot at a National Championship, but Dantonio says win or lose he wants his program to remain grounded.

"I hope we keep the same attitude that we must overachieve. There's no question in my mind that we must all overachieve for us to be successful, regardless of our level of abilities."

Michigan State and Iowa kickoff at 8:17 P.M. Saturday night on FOX 17.