Michigan State had some lofty expectations coming into 2018.

The Spartans had a surprising turnaround in 2017 and many starters were coming back from last year’s team. Michigan State even entered the preseason rankings as the No. 11 team according to the Associated Press.

However, injuries happened. Whether it was to quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, offensive linemen, defensive players from a number of spots or to multiple punters at a given time, the injury bug bit Michigan State incredibly hard.

With that, the Spartans still put together a 7-5 campaign while going 5-4 in B1G play. For their efforts, Michigan State was awarded with playing in the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31 against Oregon.

A few weeks ahead of the matchup, the bowl game had its teleconference with both Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and Oregon coach Mario Cristobal.

Here’s what Dantonio said: