Dalton makes his final start for the Frogs on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, where there will be plenty of purple No. 14 jerseys for the winningest quarterback at the same school where Davey O'Brien and "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played.
"It's bittersweet for sure," Dalton said. "I just feel so blessed to have everything I've been able to accomplish. It will be weird not coming back."
Dalton's 41 wins are the most among active FBS quarterbacks. Third-ranked TCU (12-0), which plays its first Rose Bowl against No. 5 Wisconsin (11-1), has had consecutive undefeated regular seasons under Dalton, the school's career passing leader.
Dalton split time at quarterback as a high school junior and wasn't heavily recruited by major schools. But he went to several camps and committed to TCU early in his senior season, before leading Katy to a 14-1 record and the Texas 5A final.
Now he's an NFL prospect. He got his marketing degree from TCU earlier this month and soon will turn his attention to preparing for the scouting combine and draft.
Saban was head coach at Michigan State from 1995-99, was a Spartans assistant from 1984-87), and he hired current Spartans coach Mark Dantonio as his defensive backs coach while he was there.
Alabama tight ends coach Bobby Williams is another former MSU coach, offensive coordinator Jim McElwain is an ex-Spartans assistant and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram grew up a Spartans fan in Flint, Mich., son of Spartans star receiver Mark Ingram, and has several family members with connections to the school that also made a big push to recruit him.
"I had green and white bed sheets," Mark Ingram said.
It's all on Robinson
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson insists he's healthy after battling this season through knee, shoulder and finger injuries. He will need to be because with backup quarterback Tate Forcier academically ineligible, Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez said he intends to play Robinson for every snap of Saturday's Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., against No. 21 Mississippi State.- AP