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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:15

Michigan State still looking to lock up bowl trip

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio is understandably disappointed that his Michigan State Spartans, picked No. 13 before the season, are 5-6 and fighting for their postseason life Saturday at Minnesota. His team went through similar setbacks in 2009, when a 6-7 record was followed by back-to-back 11-win seasons, the first in school history.  Even then, Michigan State didn't lose five conference games by a total of 13 points. Dantonio did promise some tweaks in his system, beginning with preparation for the program's sixth straight bowl game, assuming his team beats the Golden Gophers in a matchup of 2-5 Big Ten teams. He also mentioned changes to become more diverse on offense, starting with his quarterbacks being live for at least limited contact in spring ball. Kick off Saturday is at 3:30 p.m.