Michigan State Football: Ranking the top 5 teams from the 2010s

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Michigan State football stops Stanford on fourth down in 2014 Rose Bowl. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

1. 2013 (13-1)

I will go to the grave saying that this team wins the national championship if the College Football Playoff existed in 2013. This team had it all: the full “No Fly Zone“, Connor Cook, Jeremy Langford. The only blemish on their record was early in the season, when the Spartans hadn’t yet decided to fully rely on Connor Cook at quarterback.

This team would eventually make it all the way to the Rose Bowl, taking down an Ohio State team that was on a 24-game winning streak.

And when the lights were at their brightest, the entire team stepped up as MSU would defeat Stanford and win the Rose Bowl. This team was lead by Cook, Darqueze Dennard and Langford, but the biggest play game at the hands of a player who hadn’t seen the field much at all: Kyler Elsworth.

This was the year that made me want to attend Michigan State University myself, and I’m sure the same can be said about a thousand other sports lovers who went there. Little did I know, this was as good as it would get and I’d have to endure three painful-to-watch teams in my four and a half years in East Lansing.

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