OK, so it's not what Spartan fans had hoped for.
"The Rose Bowl would have been sweet," MSU Senior Shane Grehan said. "I probably would have gone."
"We all had our hearts set on the Rose Bowl," MSU Senior Lauren Montemurri said.
But that doesn't mean there isn't excitement surrounding the familiar Capital One Bowl.
At Spartan Sports Tours, the phones are literally ringing off the hook for air and bus travel packages to Orlando.
"As soon as the announcement came out, we got calls all the way up to 12:30 Monday morning, then again at 5:30 in the morning," Dennis Hamilton, president of Spartan Sports Tours, said.
Hamilton said they pre-registered 500 people, 75 people have been confirmed so far.
"I think there's more excitement than last year," he said, "especially with the 11-1 season."
"We're well through our allotment of tickets," Paul Schager, MSU's associate athletics director, said.
Schager said the university received 12,500 tickets, and they've asked for more.
"We're looking to get as many people to Orlando as possible," he said.
Schager said they probably would have sold more merchandise if the Spartans were going to Pasadena, but financially, the two bowls are very similar for the university. So, now they look forward to the match up with Alabama.
"The championship game aside, this is probably one of the most anticipated match-ups," Athletic Director Mark Hollis said.
It's first 11-win season, and it's MSU's fourth consecutive bowl trip. The program is going in the right direction, and fans say that's plenty to get pumped about.