Michigan State is making its first appearance in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which takes place at SDCCU Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 28.
The Spartans closed the regular season on a two-game winning streak with victories over Maryland and Rutgers to enter the Holiday Bowl with a 9-3 overall record, including a 7-2 mark in conference play to tie for second place in the Big Ten East Division.
The Cougars are also 9-3 overall and went 6-3 in conference play, finishing third in the Pac-12 North Division.
Michigan State is making its 27th all-time appearance in a bowl game and its 10th under head coach Mark Dantonio, the most bowl games of any coach in program history.
The two teams will face off at 9:05 p.m. EST/6:05 p.m. PST, and the game will be televised nationally on FS1. Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft will be on the call.