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Capital One Bowl: Michigan State vs Alabama

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2008 Capital One Bowl Pick: Georgia -8 , Win
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Saturday, January 1
Orlando, Florida

Alabama head coach Nick Saban assumed his team would be playing in the National Championship game, but instead will play Michigan State in the Capital one Bowl. The latest college football odds for this bowl game have the Crimson Tide listed as temp point favorites with the total set at 52.

The Crimson Tide started the year off with aspirations of defending the National Championship, but were soon over shadowed by the Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers in the SEC. The defining moment for the Tide is when they allowed Newton to engineer a comeback win against at home, giving the Tide their third loss of the season.

Meanwhile the Spartans return to Orlando’s Capital One Bowl for the second time in three seasons and will make its fourth straight bowl appearance, trying to cap off a glorious season. The Spartans managed just one loss on the season and grabbed a share of the Big Ten title.

However due to a lower BCS rankings they will be denied the chance to play in a BCS bowl, which gives the Spartans motivation to play well in this game. The Spartans did get some bad news for this game as B.J. Cunningham, will not play in this game after breaking his foot in practice. Cunningham led the team with 50 receptions for 611 yards and nine touchdowns and will be sorely missed, but head coach Mark Dantonio knows how to motivate his team for a big game.

The surprise will be on defense where the Spartans will be able to handle running back Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson out of the backfield. The Spartans have played some bruising backs in the Big ten and will be ready to shut down the run. This will make the Tide offense one dimensional and give the Spartans a shot at the upset.

The Spartans are 6-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last eight games following a win and 5-1 ATS in the last six outings against a team with a winning record. The Crimson Tide are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 3.5-10.0, 1-4 ATS when playing a team with a winning record, and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss.

The Spartans know that a win against the Tide could boost their program into an elite status for years to come. The Spartan’s keep this game close and give the Tide a scare.

Play on Spartans +10

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Past History and Results of the Capital One Bowl:
Capital One Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
1/1/47
Catawba
31
Maryville
0
1/1/48
Catawba
7
Marshall
0
1/1/49
Murray State
21
Sul Ross State (TX)
21
1/2/50
St. Vincent's (PA)
7
Emory & Henry (VA)
6
1/1/51
Charleston (WV)
35
Emory & Henry (VA)
14
1/1/52
Stetson (FL)
35
Arkansas State
20
1/1/53
Texas A&M Commerce
33
Tennessee Tech
10
1/1/54
Arkansas State (tie)
7
Texas A&M Commerce (tie)
7
1/1/55
Omaha
7
Eastern Kentucky
6
1/2/56
Juniata (Pa.)
6
Missouri Valley
7
1/1/57
West Texas
20
Southern Miss
13
1/1/58
Texas A&M Commerce
10
Southern Miss
9
12/27/58
Texas A&M Commerce
26
Missouri Valley
7
1/1/60
Middle Tennessee
21
Presbyerian (SC)
9
12/30/60
The Citadel
27
Tennessee tech
0
12/29/61
Lamar (TX)
21
Middle Tennessee
14
12/22/62
Houston
49
Miami (Ohio)
21
12/28/63
Western Kentucky
27
Coast Guard
0
12/12/64
East Carolina
14
Massachusetts
13
12/11/65
East Carolina
31
Maine
0
12/10/66
Morgan State (MD)
14
West Chester (PA)
6
12/16/67
Tennessee-Martin
25
West Chester (PA)
8
12/27/68
Richmond
49
Ohio
42
12/26/69
Toledo
56
Davidson
33
12/28/70
Toledo
40
William & Mary
12
12/28/71
Toledo
28
Richmond
3
12/29/72
Tampa
21
Kent State
18
12/22/73
Miami (Ohio)
16
Florida
7
12/21/74
Miami (Ohio)
21
Georgia
10
12/20/75
Miami (Ohio)
20
South Carolina
7
12/18/76
Oklahoma State
49
BYU
21
12/23/77
Florida State
40
Texas Tech
17
12/23/78
N.C. State
30
Pittsburgh
17
12/22/79
LSU
34
Wake Forest
10
12/20/80
Florida
35
Maryland
20
12/19/81
Missouri
19
Southern Miss
17
12/18/82
Auburn
33
Boston College
26
12/17/83
Tennessee
30
Maryland
23
12/22/84
Florida State (tie)
17
Georgia
17
12/28/85
Ohio State
10
BYU
7
1/1/87
Auburn
16
USC
7
1/1/88
Clemson
35
Penn State
10
1/2/89
Clemson
13
Oklahoma
6
1/1/90
Illinois
31
Virginia
21
1/1/91
Georgia Tech
45
Nebraska
21
1/1/92
California
37
Clemson
13
1/1/93
Georgia
21
Ohio State
14
1/1/94
Penn State
31
Tennessee
13
1/2/95
Alabama
24
Ohio State
17
1/1/96
Tennessee
20
Ohio State
14
1/1/97
Tennessee
48
Northwestern
28
1/1/98
Florida
21
Penn State
6
1/1/99
Michigan
45
Arkansas
31
1/1/00
Michigan State
37
Florida
34
1/1/01
Michigan
31
Auburn
28
1/1/02
Tennessee
45
Michigan
17
1/1/03
Auburn
13
Penn State
9
1/1/04
Georgia (OT)
34
Purdue
27
1/1/05
Iowa
30
LSU
25
1/2/06
Wisconsin
24
Auburn
10
1/1/07
Wisconsin
17
Arkansas
14
1/1/08
Michigan
41
Florida
35
1/1/09
Georgia
24
Michigan State
12
1/1/10
Penn State
19
LSU
17

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