Michigan State and Michigan football fans will be able to watch both teams on New Year’s Day.

The Spartans, who won a team record 11 games, will play Alabama in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida.  The game kicks off at 1 p.m.  Alabama is coached by former MSU coach Nick Saban.

Michigan State is making its fourth-straight postseason bowl appearance for the first time since 1987-90, matching the longest bowl streak in school history.

Michigan, which is 7-5, will play Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.  Kickoff is 1:30p.m.

“We are excited about representing the Big Ten Conference in the Gator Bowl,” said Athletic Director Dave Brandon in a statement. “Our players, coaches and football support staff have worked hard all season and this is a great reward for them.”

Coach Rich Rodriguez said Mississippi State is a great team. 

“Dan Mullen and his staff have done an outstanding job. It should be a great matchup and we look forward to playing them on New Year’s Day,” Rodriguez said.   

The UM ticket office will begin selling tickets to the 2011 Gator Bowl on Monday at 8:30 a.m.  Tickets range from $65 to $130, and will be assigned based on the Victors Club priority point program. Fans can purchase tickets online at MGoBlue.com/tickets or by calling the ticket office at 866-296-MTIX or 734-764-0247.


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