FILE - In this March 8, 1971, file photo, boxer Joe Frazier, left, hits Muhammad Ali during the 15th round of their heavyweight title fight at New York's Madison Square Garden. 

Michigan State’s offensive line expects a fight when it plays Alabama’s talented defensive line on Thursday night in the Cotton Bowl.

So why not prepare by watching one of the greatest fights of all time?

Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten had his unit watch and score the 1971 Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier heavyweight title match dubbed the Fight of the Century.

Left tackle Jack Conklin said the message from Staten was: “It’s going to be a 15-round bout of two powerhouse teams taking blow-for-blow.”

Conklin said he didn’t necessarily think of Michigan State as either Ali or Frazier, but if he had to choose, he’d want the Spartans to Smokin’ Joe _ because he wins.

“There’s a look in Frazier’s eye where he just sees the fight leave Muhammad Ali,” Conklin said.