Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook said three weeks of rest since the Big Ten Championship Game has helped his sprained right shoulder improve. Connor and the No. 3 Spartans face No. 2 Alabama on Thursday in a national semifinal in the Cotton Bowl.

"Went home and did some extra rehab stuff, lifted a little bit, strengthened it, and rested,'' Cook said. "I think it's the best it's felt so far. "


•Florida State announced that quarterback Everett Golson did not make the trip for the Peach Bowl because of personal reasons. The ninth-ranked Seminoles face No. 14 Houston on Thursday in Atlanta.

•Rutgers hired James Madison co-offensive coordinator Zak Kuhr as its receivers coach.