Is anyone rooting for MSU in the Rose Bowl? I suppose you could make a case that we ought to. The Big Ten's national perception is really bad, of course (thanks in part to ESPN's intentional submarining of the conference, IMO, but that's perhaps another post). A victory by MSU might have a positive ripple effect for the rest of the conference next year, especially when it's time to select the four teams for the Kodiak Smokeless Tobacco College Football Playoff Presented by Lloyd's of London and Kia Motors.
I know that I simply can't bring myself to root for MSU, though I have to respect what they've done with their program. I remember being a kid and seeing MSU go to the 1988 Rose Bowl and thinking that something just wasn't right about the situation, and I feel pretty much the same way now. Sure, they've earned the right to be there, but just a surely, the football gods must be offended by this current state of affairs. It is not right, in some fundamental way, like a household in which two dogs watch TV and use kitchen appliances while humans scamper around on the floor begging for scraps.
But anyway, is anyone rooting for MSU? I don't blame you if you are. As I said, it makes some sense.