After introducing Michigan State's 2018 recruiting class during the first day of the early signing period Wednesday, coach Mark Dantonio addressed the close of the 2017 season.

The No. 16 Spartans (9-3, 7-2 Big Ten) will face No. 18 Washington State (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12) in the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl in San Diego and Dantonio said the majority of the team will make the trip. He later elaborated about absences when asked.

Redshirt junior defensive end Robert Bowers is no longer on the team while redshirt freshmen safety Austin Andrews and true freshman defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell are suspended for the Holiday Bowl.

Bowers, from Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio, appeared in eight games this season and had two tackles and a quarterback hurry.