MSU to face Washington State in Holiday Bowl

Michigan is in the mix for the Outback and Holiday bowls though its placement could be determined by what happens at the very top

Michigan is in the mix for the Outback and Holiday bowls though its placement could be determined by what happens at the very top

The Spartans were led by Nick Ward, who matched his season high with 22 points as part of a balanced offense that included 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks from Jaren Jackson and16 points and 7 assists from Cassius Winston.

The Michigan State University men's football team learned they'll be heading to San Diego for the Holiday Bowl. They get a chance to fix that this year, as they earn a second-straight Holiday Bowl bid. The Spartans' biggest win came in a 27-24 upset over then-No.

WSU was ranked 18th in the final College Football Playoff rankings that were released Sunday morning, and going into this week, the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara appeared to be the most likely postseason destination for the 9-3 Cougars. 7 Penn State, but they lost games to Notre Dame and Northwestern earlier in the year, and were annihilated 48-3 by No. 13 Ohio State on November 11. However, those projections all assumed the Big Ten champion would be in the playoff field.

Tied at 5-all after a jumper from Nebraska's James Palmer Jr., the Spartans held the Cornhuskers without a field goal for almost six minutes as MSU used a 11-2 run to take a 16-7 lead on a conventional three-point play from Bridges with 10:38 to play.

Michigan State shot 47.4 percent from the floor (27-of-57), hit 26.3 percent of its 3-pointers (5-of-19) and 75.0 percent of its free throws (27-of-36). The game will be televised by FS1. Michigan State and Washington State have played head-to-head seven times, with the Spartans leading the series 5-2.

Washington received a one-spot bump in the AP poll after Texas Christian, which had been No. 10, lost to Oklahoma 41-17 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday.

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