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Tom Dienhart offers early take on Michigan State-Alabama matchup

Nick Saban & Mark Dantonio

LJ Scott reaches for the game-winning TD


I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game.

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Dienhart: Doubters have no choice but to hail Michigan State

Dec 5, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio reacts after the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference football championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State won 16-13.  Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Watch our Michigan State-Iowa highlight

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It seemed America had forgotten Michigan State had won 11 or more games four times in five years. It seemed pundits blanked out on the fact the Spartans won Big Ten crowns in 2010 and 2013. It seemed experts forgot about the Rose and Cotton Bowl triumphs for this program.

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Count 'em up: Our look at the Iowa vs. Michigan State numbers

Oct 5, 2013; Iowa City, IA, USA;  Michigan State Spartans receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. avoids the tackle by Iowa Hawkeyes cornerback Sean Draper (7) at Kinnick Stadium.

Last time Spartans played Hawkeyes? 2013

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What’s Iowa QB C.J. Beathard’s record as a starter? What is Kirk Ferentz’s record against Michigan State? What’s Mark Dantonio’s record against Iowa? And what was the final score the last time these two teams met? Bonus number: They last played in 2013, and we’ve got the highlight video to prove it.

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