Spartans Look To Finish Season Strong

CBS Detroit

By FRED GOODALL/AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Losing the final game is tough for any team, especially one that’s had the type of success that led 12th-ranked Michigan State and No. 18 Georgia to the Outback Bowl.

BCS hopefuls until they lost the championship games of their conferences, the Spartans and Bulldogs are eager to rebound and finish on a winning note Monday.

Michigan State has dropped five consecutive bowl games, four of them under coach Mark Dantonio. Georgia is 7-3 in holiday appearances under Mark Richt, but hasn’t forgotten how it felt heading home following a disappointing loss to Central Florida in last season’s Liberty Bowl.

Neither team is dwelling on the importance of setting the tone for a successful 2012, though they concede the offseason won’t seem nearly as long coming off a win.

“I don’t think anybody enjoyed the last bowl game for us,” Richt…

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