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MSU to play Pittsburgh in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl

December 5, 2021
<p>Redshirt sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne (10) looks for an opening in defense during the first quarter of their game against Miami on Sept. 18, 2021. </p>

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne (10) looks for an opening in defense during the first quarter of their game against Miami on Sept. 18, 2021.

Photo by Lauren DeMay | The State News

Michigan State was selected to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl to take on Pittsburgh on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. It is Michigan State’s first appearance in a New Year’s Six Bowl game since losing to Alabama in the College Football Playoff in 2015.

Michigan State Head Coach Mel Tucker and the Spartans are back in a primetime bowl game after MSU’s unthinkable turnaround this year, finishing with a 10-2 record, including a win over No. 2 Michigan. Michigan State will have a chance to reach 11 wins for the first time since 2015. 

Michigan State will be playing Pittsburgh for the first time since 2007, when the Spartans took down former running back LeSean McCoy and the Panthers in former head coach Mark Dantonio’s third game in charge. The Panthers finished the year 11-2 and won the ACC. Pitt is led by former MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who coached with Dantonio from 2007 to 2014. 

Pittsburgh has one of the most prolific offenses in the country with redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Pickett along with a defense that loves to use exotic blitzes to pressure and confuse the quarterback.

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