Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Denicos Allen (28) celebrates and holds up the trophy after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State defeats Ohio State 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BCS Standings: Michigan State Spartans Ranked #4

Just moments ago the final BCS standings were unveiled and the Michigan State Spartans are ranked #4.  After the Spartans convincing win in the Big Ten Championship over Ohio State, they move up 6 spots from #10.

The ranking is well deserved.  The Spartans ran the table in the Big Ten (8-0) with their only loss on the season coming from rival Notre Dame.

Michigan State is known for their punishing defense but they showed the nation on Saturday that they have developed quite an offense too. Running Jeremy Langford rushed for over 100 yards for the 8th consecutive game and Quarterback Connor Cook the for a career high 304 yards en route to winning the games MVP award.

All this from a team that was 7-6 last season and unranked to start the 2013 season.

The Michigan State Spartans will be rewarded for their excellent season with a berth to the Rose Bowl game on January 1st.  The Rose Bowl is the teams first since 1988 when Nick Saban stalked the Spartan sideline as their defensive coordinator.

Michigan State’s opponent will be Stanford who won the PAC 12 championship on Saturday.  Both teams play a smash mouth style of football and the game could be the most anticipated of all the BCS bowl games outside the National Championship.

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