Sunday-- End Of The Season

     Before the advent of indoor practice arenas I can remember when Big Ten Rose Bowl teams wouild spend two weeks in California preparing for the New Year's day game.  I can't imagine these teams being gone for so long in today's bowl climate.  There are so many distractions for teams who are only gone for one week.

     Michigan State's veteran players are well versed in bowl week procedures from previous days in Orlando and this bowl routine is very similar.  The beach was a nice diversion on Friday that no one gets in Orlando but then Orlando offered Disney World.

     New Year's Eve can be an issue for players who don't get enough sleep even if they are in their rooms, but this game won't be played until Monday so that ends any problem of being fatigued from a lack of sleep.

     The players will get their first glimpse of Raymond James Stadium today, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  I walked through it on Saturday and it is newer than Orlando, only 12 years old.  It seats 68,000 and officials don't believe more than 52,000, if that, will be on hand.  The Outback Bowl officials knew that if they got the Big Ten title game loser it would affect sales and this is the first year to prove their thoery correct.

     Michigan State ended up selling some 6,500 of their 11,500 allotment and no one here seems shocked by that number.  The Big Ten's bowl procedures will be reviewed after this season now that the league title game becomes a factor in future sales.

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