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Michigan State Spartans Football: Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama Open Thread

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YOUR MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS vs. THE ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
AT&T STADIUM, ARLINGTON, TEXAS
DECEMBER 31, 2015, 8:00 PM EASTERN
TV: ESPN
STREAM: WATCHESPN
RADIO: SPARTAN SPORTS NETWORK

After 26 days of waiting, the game is finally here. Mark Dantonio and the Spartans take on Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide in the second-ever College Football Playoff, for a shot to play in the national title game.

It's been an amazing ride. Kirk Cousins, in his amazing Players Tribune piece, sums it up nicely:

When Coach Dantonio and I arrived in ‘07, all we knew was a program that was competing for .500 records. When Shilique and Connor arrived in ‘11, all they knew was a program that was competing for Big Ten Championships. And a few months from now, when that ‘16 class arrives in East Lansing, all they're going to know is a program that competes for national championships.

And that starts Thursday night.

Some pre-game reading if you're interested:

Bill Connelly's preview was terrific.

Roll Bama Roll's defensive preview and offensive preview of the game are extremely thorough and totally fair (#RESPEKT)

As always, be cool to one another.

GO GREEN, GO WHITE, BEAT BAMA