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It's true that football has had a long tradition at the prestigious Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan. Starting as a club sport in 1884, collegiate wisdom became privy to the power of the Spartans when the football team won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, and then later in 1988. It was then that the Spartans were a team typically drafted for the NFL, most notably for four of the top eight selections in the 1967 NFL Draft, the only time a college football program has actually achieved that honor.
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The team competes in their very own Spartan Stadium, a renovated 75,005-seat stadium right on campus, and the current coach is Mark Dantonio, hired on November 27, 2006. Traditionally, the Spartans compete with all other Big Ten competition, most notably their longtime rivals the Wolverines from the University of Michigan just across the state in Ann Arbor. The Spartans are one of three Big Ten teams to have an annual non-conference football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.
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Nothing says great football, especially when you have powerhouses like the Spartans facing the Wolverines. You can see it in the eyes and movements of all players. Moreover, you can bet the Spartans aim for the championship every year.
3/25/15: Michigan State may have to scramble to find some depth at running back for the season. The team suspended Delton Williams after he was arrested last week. There is no timetable for the suspension, which could be as short as a few workouts or could even end his time with the Spartans. While there is no official word of what Williams did, reports indicate that he may have brandished a fire arm in a road rage incident. He was third on the team in rushing last season with 316 yards, but expected to play a bigger role in 2015 with lead running back Jeremy Langford heading to the NFL.
3/11/15: There is no official word out of Michigan State on the status of wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Kings was arrested last week for drunken and disorderly conduct. The drunken part is self-explanatory. The disorderly charge is more interesting. Kings allegedly kicked an official Parking and Code Enforcement truck leading to his encounter with the police. This is strike two on Kings who was suspended for spring practices a year ago for being 'super drunk' (not a super hero) and getting arrested for that. If he can stay out of trouble, he should be a key piece of the Spartans offense next season. If.
3/4/15: Don't tell Michigan State head coach Mike Dantonio that the Spartans football program is in decline, he refuses to believe or acknowledge that assertion. A few college football experts believe that the Spartans are just hype and will fall back down to earth very shortly. The Spartans did pull in a pretty good recruiting class again and their only real loss of personnel was defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who took over the head coaching position at Pitt. Dantonio plans to be more active in the defensive planning this season, which will help transition to new defensive leadership.
2/25/15: Andre Rison is the best wide receiver to ever come out of Michigan State. That is pretty undeniable. For those that have not followed his post-NFL career, he is coaching at a high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There is a little college in that city that may want to recruit Rison's son, Hunter. Hunter will be a member of the 2017 recruiting class, but father Andre is not pushing his son towards Michigan State. He is letting Hunter make the decision on his own. That being said, Hunter did visit MSU recently but also is looking at Ohio State, USC, Tennessee and Arizona State.
2/18/15: The recruiting season never stops in college football, even though National Signing Day was just two weeks ago. Schools are now getting ready for the 2016 class. Last Monday was the 'Best of the Midwest' high school combine where many of the top high schoolers in the region went through a battery of drills for college coaches. Michigan State had several targets in the event. Sparty is more selective than most schools. They tend to target specific needs and players that fit their system rather than just big name guys. A couple to keep an eye on are running back Martell Pettaway and safety Demetric Vance.
2/11/15: Michigan State seemed to stay true to their philosophy of recruiting the guys they really want and need, rather than go after everyone and weed out their talent later. This belief has yielded strong results in the past few years, though it is contrary to what everyone else does. The Spartans finished National Signing Day with the 22nd ranked class according to Rivals. The class includes seven 4-star recruits. That is actually pretty solid and ahead of some SEC teams like Florida and Missouri. And, for what it is worth, it is well ahead of Michigan, who finished ranked 50th in country.
2/4/15: If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then Michigan State should be honored, and maybe a little fearful. New Pittsburgh head coach, Pat Narduzzi, was at MSU for 11 years and helped build the program into what it is today. He makes no bones about trying to emulate the Spartans program development plans. That formula, as generic as it sounds, is effective: be fundamentally sound in play, tough defense and control the ball on offense. In other news, today is National Signing Day and the Spartans are trying to finish strong to fill their recruiting needs.
1/28/15: Taking a quick behind the scenes look at Michigan State this week shows how different the Spartans are to most top tier college football programs. Rather than host big events, sign about 25 recruits, constantly pressure high school kids and weed out lesser player later, the Spartans are the exact opposite. They will likely finish with less than 20 recruits again and will probably be ranked somewhere in the 30's. However, this approach has been working as the Spartans have won 53 games over the past five years and top five finishes for the last two seasons.
1/21/15: Word around the water cooler is that the Big 10 is back. A lot of that goes to Ohio State winning the National Championship and a lot of that goes to Jim Harbaugh taking the head coaching job at Michigan. But let's not forget Michigan State. The Spartans finished in fifth place in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll with an 11-2 record. The Spartans also have a decent looking recruiting class that includes several four star recruits such as running back Larry Scott and offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth. But one thing we know about this coaching staff is their ability to take good talent and make them great.
1/14/15: Spurning the NFL riches for another chance at a National Championship, Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun announced that he would return for his senior season. Calhoun led the Spartans in sacks with eight, led the team with 12.5 tackles for a loss and is one of the best defensive players in all of the Big 10. The Spartans finished behind the Wisconsin Badgers in the division this season, but should have another very good defense next season, as the the Big 10 as a whole looks to be much improved over the 2014 campaign. In the same press conference, MSU introduced new special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Mark Snyder.
1/7/15: Wow! What a finish to the season! Michigan State may have missed out on the College Football Playoffs, but they showed up in the Cotton Bowl. The Spartans drew Baylor for the game, and, as everyone knows, Baylor crowed about not being in the Playoffs. Well, Sparty shut them up. MSU trailed 41-21 going into the fourth quarter. But the Spartans rallied for three touchdowns and the win. The final score was set up by a blocked field goal near the end of the game, which led to the tying touchdown and winning extra point. That is a nice win for Michigan State and a great win for the Big 10.
12/3/14: Michigan State lost their chance to play in the Big Ten Conference Championship Game a few weeks ago when they fell to Ohio State. But the Spartans will end up in a quality bowl game thanks to a solid 10-2 overall record and 7-1 conference record. They finished their regular season last week by easily beating up on host Penn State 34-10. MSU jumped out to a quick lead, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and never looked back. Running back Jeremy Langford had a great day with 118 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries. Now Sparty plays the waiting game to find out what bowl they will be going to.
11/19/14: Michigan State likely lost any chance of winning the Big Ten this season when they fell to Ohio State two weeks ago. But they are still playing for bowl position and pride. They took out their frustrations on host Maryland last Saturday, and cruised to an easy 37-15 lead. The Spartans held a 16-7 lead at half time, then overwhelmed the Terrapins in the second half. Running back Jeremy Langford carried the ball 25 times for 138 yards and two scores in the win. MSU now sits at 9-2 overall and will be back at home this Saturday to host Rutgers and get their 10th win.
11/12/14: It was the game of the year in the Big 10 with No. 8 Michigan State hosting No. 14 Ohio State. But this night belonged to the Buckeyes, unfortunately. The Buckeyes offense solved the dominant Spartans defense to the final score of 49-37. Ohio State pulled away in the second quarter with a couple of long touchdown and never looked back. The Spartans offense was actually pretty strong, but were let down by the defense. The loss knocks the Spartans out of the playoff chase and leaves them with a 7-2 record. The team travels to Maryland this Saturday.
11/5/14: Michigan State, like the rest of the country, got their first look at where they stand in the College Football Playoff rankings last week. At 7-1, with the one loss being at Oregon, the Spartans are ranked 8th. That means that there is still time to get up to the top four and get into the playoff. Of course, they would likely have to win out to do so, and they can take a big step forward by knocking off Ohio State this Saturday. That would certainly qualify as a 'Quality Win' in the eyes of the selection committee.
10/29/14: Michigan may not consider Michigan State their biggest rival, but the Wolverines have beaten the Spartans only once in the past seven years. The 2014 version was more of the same as the 8th ranked Spartans dominated Michigan 35-11. This game was over in the third quarter when MSU dropped two more touchdowns on Michigan to take a 28-3 lead. If there was a bright spot for the Wolverines, it was that they scored their first offensive touchdown against Michigan State since 2011. The win should put the Spartans clearly in the sightline of the Playoff Committee as the team now stands at 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 10. MSU has a bye this weekend to prepare for visiting Ohio State the following week.
10/22/14: Michigan State started their Saturday game at Indiana ranked 8th in the country and expecting a big win. They moved up in the polls and did get their big win - trouncing the Hoosiers 56-17. This game was somewhat close after the half, with the Spartans up 28-17. Then is was all Michigan State in the second half. QB Connor Cook threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns and the collective efforts of the running game generated another 330 yards. The Spartans are now 6-1/3-0 and right back in the conversation for the national playoffs. This Saturday will be fun when the Spartans host long-time rival Michigan, who is struggling beyond belief this season.
10/15/14: The eighth ranked Spartans got a bit of a scare against Purdue over the weekend, but managed to find a way to win 45-31. While Michigan State had a lead for the entire game, they never were able to put the Boilermakers out to pasture, and giving up 31 to Purdue is a bit concerning. But the win put the Spartans at 5-1 overall and, more importantly, 2-0 in Big 10 play. They should be able to improve on those records this coming Saturday when they go on the road and play the Indiana Hoosiers, whose only impressive victory was a road win at Missouri.
10/8/14: When No. 2 Oregon fell to Arizona last Thursday, that seemed like a bad omen to the Spartans. Oregon was the only team that had beaten Michigan State this season, and that could hurt MSU in the rankings. Then No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 6 Texas A&M all lost, so there was still a chance for the Spartans to make their case for the playoff, as long as they held off No. 19 Nebraska. The Spartans jumped out to a 27-3 lead after three quarters, but Nebraska stormed back in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 points and keeping Michigan State off of the scoreboard. But MSU did enough to hold on to a 27-22 win. The Spartans can keep it rolling this Saturday when they visit Purdue.
10/1/14: Michigan State did not have a bye week, but they may as well have when they hosted Wyoming last Saturday. The Spartans took a 7-0 lead less than four minutes into the game and expanded that to 42-14 by halftime. The win pushed the Spartans record to 3-1 on the season, with the lone loss being at Oregon a few weeks ago. It is time for Michigan State to get serious about the season now as they head into the heart of their Big 10 schedule. They host #21 Nebraska this Saturday night before heading off on the road against Purdue and Indiana in the following two weeks.
9/24/14: The Spartans got their opportunity to name their score in their game against Eastern Michigan University, and they chose 73. That is, they rolled over a lower tiered team 73-14. The game was over in the first quarter, as Sparty scored four touchdowns in the first 15 minutes. They added 21 more in the second quarter to lead 49-0 at half time. But this game was not about running up the score, it was about getting back to basics and re-establishing the Spartans as one of the better teams in the nation. Michigan State will have a chance to do it again this week when they host Wyoming.
9/17/14: OK, last week was a touch punch to the gut. The Spartans played the Oregon Ducks (on the road) pretty well for the first half before the Ducks came alive and took the game. But all is not lost - not by a long shot. The Spartans had a bye last weekend and have Eastern Michigan this weekend. Then it is on to the meat of the Big 10 schedule. If the Spartans play their game - defensive and rough - then they can still win the conference and get into the playoffs. Every team has bumps in the road and MSU is easily the best team of the Big 10.
8/28/14: Michigan State starts the defense of their Big 10 Championship tomorrow night by hosting Jacksonville State at 7:30 pm. But that is really just a tune up for a primetime game at No. 3 Oregon on Saturday, September 8. Both MSU and the Ducks are the prohibitive favorites to win their conferences, and it could be a prelude to a bowl game later on in the season. The Spartans were considered neck and neck with Ohio State until the Buckeyes lost their starting quarterback, Braxton Miller, for the season with a shoulder injury. Even without Miller, the Buckeyes would have been hard pressed to top Michigan State who should be very good this season.