Spartans realize culture change after achieving 10-win benchmark

Spartans realize culture change after achieving 10-win benchmark

Michigan State Spartans have been part of the culture change where going to a bowl game is expected and winning under 9 or 10 games is a not a success at all, All-American safety Kurtis Drummond said recently.

Drummond, who has also been named the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, said just going to a bowl game was considered to be a big game around two years back.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "We've been a part of the culture change where going to a bowl game is expected, and winning anything under nine or 10 games is a failure. Just a couple years before we got here, just going to a bowl game was a big thing here."

Spartans, the No. 8-ranked team, will take on No. 5-ranked Baylor at 12:30 p. m. on January 1, 2015, in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium.

Mark Dantonio, head coach for Michigan State Spartans, said hiking expectations in East Lansing was part of building a legacy, just as long as the team's fans understood that ten victories was where the benchmark was set.

Dantonio added that when his team came in 2007, it hadn't been to a bowl game in around four years. Thus, the first thing was to get to the bowl game. He further added that everyone always wanted to advance, but the team was already in the Top 10 pretty or hanging around there.

Michigan State Spartans have won ten or more games in four of the past five seasons.

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