Michigan State completed its final on-field preparation for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by conducting a walk-through at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
The No. 3 Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) spent more than an hour doing light work for their New Year’s Eve game against No. 2 Alabama (12-1, 8-1 SEC) before heading back to the team hotel for final meetings. The winner advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan.
Michigan State turned in its final practice for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Tuesday, capping a full day.
The team started the day with pre-dawn wakeup calls so they could bus from the team hotel to AT&T Stadium for an hour-long media session. After more preparation back at the hotel, they returned to the stadium in the afternoon and worked vigorously for two hours.
“Long day,” Head Coach Mark Dantonio said.
After the fun associated with an hour-long media day session, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide quickly got back to the business at hand and squarely put its focus on the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans.
The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) put the final touches on its College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic preparation with a two-hour workout in shells and shorts in the team’s third practice, in what would normally be a “Thursday” practice, at AT&T Stadium.
Michigan State's focus has sharpened each day since beginning on-site practices for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
How that will carry over to game day is hard to know, Head Coach Mark Dantonio said Monday."My wife asks me that all time, how it's going to be," Dantonio said. "I just say, 'Hey, we'll see when the game gets here.'"
"I think our attention to detail is very good. I think the focus is good.
Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the entire Michigan State Spartan squad spent their Monday afternoon visiting at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Patients, staff members and supporters of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic gathered around the hospital’s cafeteria and welcomed the football team along with their coaching staff in grand fashion.
President and CEO of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Bob Walker, started the event thanking the Spartans for visiting with them, followed by remarks from Chairman of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Dan Novakov.
Head Coach Nick Saban, and the entire University of Alabama football team, spent their afternoon sharing inspiration and cheer to patients of Children's Health/Children's Medical Center Dallas. Joining them were staff members, Cotton Bowl Chairmen, past and present and President and CEO of Children's Health System of Texas, Chris Durovich.
"What a great privilege it is for us to have Coach Saban, and Derrick Henry, this year's Heisman trophy winner," said Durovich.
The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide put in another elongated practice session with more than two hours in full pads at AT&T Stadium.
Intensity continued to build and focus continued to sharpen as the Crimson Tide ready for its College Football Playoff Semifinal clash at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) three days away.
“I feel pretty good (about today’s practice), said LB Reggie Ragland. “Guys were flying around, being in the right position to get better today, so overall it was good.
Even as he prepares for the biggest game of his career, Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio had the Dallas-area storm victims on his mind Sunday.
At least 11 people died, many others were injured and hundreds of homes were damaged when tornadoes tore through nearby cities Saturday evening. It was the first thought Dantonio shared Sunday after completing the team’s second practice for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the people that are affected by the tornadoes,” Dantonio said.
The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide got down to business for its College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in full pads on the AT&T Stadium turf in Arlington.
The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) held a spirited workout in preparation for its New Year’s Eve matchup with the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten).
“Practice has been going well,” said C Ryan Kelly. “This is a team with a honed vision of what we want when we started this a long time ago when we dreamed of getting here.
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Michigan State began its on-site preparation Saturday for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
The Spartans practiced for the first time in seven days, working 2½ hours in full pads at AT&T Stadium.
“Good practice today,” Head Coach Mark Dantonio said. “We got a lot of things done and got reconnected with the environment here, you could say, and had good work.”
The Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) started the year at AT&T Stadium when they rallied from 20 points down to beat Baylor 42-41 in the 2015 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
After touching down in North Texas earlier in the day, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide wasted no time getting back to work on the practice field with its first workout on Saturday afternoon at Coppell High School.
The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) went through an upbeat, 90-minute session in shells and shorts in the indoor practice facility for the Class 6A Cowboys football team. Coach Nick Saban said his second-seeded Tide are happy to be back in the College Football Playoff for a second year in a row and back in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to face the No.
The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic rolled out the crimson carpet for the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday morning. The Tide touched down at Dallas Love Field and were welcomed by a large crowd of Cotton Bowl Board and Council members along with the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center Marching Band.
Shortly after the team arrived, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic hosted an arrival news conference at the Hilton Anatole for the team.
The Michigan State Spartans are in the house!
Coach Mark Dantonio and his No. 3 ranked Spartans touched down at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Christmas afternoon to begin preparations for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on December 31.
The Spartans received an enthusiastic Texas welcome with a “Shower of Affection” from water cannons manned by members of the DFW Airport Fire Department. After being greeted by CBAA Chairman Dan Novakov, the team and athletic staff boarded buses for Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort, the Michigan State’s team headquarters for the week ahead.
NO. 2 ALABAMA VS. NO. 3 MICHIGAN STATE TO CLASH ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Michigan State…Saban vs. Dantonio…Saban vs. his old team.
The storylines are abundant as the two college football heavyweights prepare to meet at the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
A sellout crowd will descend on AT&T Stadium on New Year’s Eve to witness a battle of SEC and Big Ten Conference champions with the winner advancing to Arizona for a shot at the College Football Playoff National Championship.