Michigan State’s football team is rolling along at 11-1 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten. The No. 10-ranked Spartans won the conference’s Legends Division by a whopping three games.
Yet, most of the talk leading up to the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night at Indianapolis has centered on the Spartans’ opponent. Leaders Division winner and No. 2-ranked Ohio State is unbeaten (12-0, 8-0) and vying for a spot in the BCS championship game.
Flying under the radar is nothing new for the Spartans, according to former Eastern High School three-sport standout Josiah Price. He is a redshirt freshman tight end for the Spartans.
“I feel like all season, we’ve been looked over a little bit. I think our whole team has felt that way. I think we were 6-1 at one point and not ranked,” said Price, who is tied for second on the team in TD receptions with three. “All season, we’ve kind of had a chip on our shoulder. Coming into the season, we weren’t even ranked.”
Price pointed to the 2012 season as a possible reason. The Spartans finished an unimpressive 3-5 in the Big Ten (7-6 overall) — but their five league losses came by a combined 13 points.
“We had so many close games. We knew we were a good team, we just had some bad breaks at the end of some games,” Price said. “Coming into this year, we had a lot of confidence and we knew what we had the potential to do so it was just a matter of working hard all season and hoping that the games would fall our way at the end of games this year. Thankfully, they have been.”
The Spartans went 3-1 in non-conference play. They beat Western Michigan, South Florida and Youngstown State before dropping a 17-13 decision to Notre Dame on Sept. 21 in South Bend.