No matter how bitter a taste a regular season leaves, a successful postseason will leave a sweet taste for many months to follow. A 14-1 season becomes sour if that lone loss comes in the national championship game. A 6-7 year leaves a foundation to build upon if it culminates in a bowl win, no matter how insignificant. Any program will take the former, but Michigan State — and surely others — understand the value of finishing strong.
Source: Land of 10