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Friday, 03 January 2014 11:31

National title the next goal at Michigan State

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan State wrapped up the Rose Bowl in fitting fashion - with brute force on defense. Now the Spartans have only one real goal left: Can they win the national championship? Coach Mark Dantonio says that's the plan after a 2013 season that felt like a dream. From the moment Michigan State pounded rival Michigan in early November to emerge as serious contenders for the Big Ten title, the Spartans turned back every challenge. Then Michigan State edged Stanford 24-20 on Wednesday, stuffing the Cardinal on fourth-and-short near midfield in the final minutes to put the game away. The Rose Bowl victory means the fourth-ranked Spartans may be ranked even higher to end the season.