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Michigan State debuted at No. 24 in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night. Now the fun begins. The Spartans, for all they’ve shown through their 6-2 start, have lost their only game against a team that appeared in the rankings — 38-18 against Notre Dame. Their two best wins — against Iowa and Michigan — don’t look quite as good now as they did at the time. But now Michigan State has a chance to show exactly what it’s made of.

Source: Land of 10

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Welcome back to the College Football Playoff rankings, Spartan fans. It’s the first time MSU is ranked in the poll since it made the actual playoff in 2015. The Spartans were not ranked at all in 2016 when they went 3-9. The No. 24 ranking is the same spot the AP poll had the Spartans earlier this week.

Source: State News

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Tom Izzo looked down his bench Sunday and saw Nick Ward explaining himself as Michigan State assistant Dwayne Stephens chewed him out.   “And Nick said, ‘I don’t want to foul,’” Izzo recalled Tuesday. “And DJ says, ‘We don’t care if you foul this year, that doesn’t matter. We don’t have handcuffs on you like last year. Go do your thing, be who you are.’” That’s a blessing for Izzo, who demands physical play in the paint, and his second-ranked Spartans.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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The Big Ten Conference announced their individual award winners for the 2017 men and women’s cross country season on Tuesday afternoon, unanimously naming Spartan women’s runner Maggie Farrell Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Farrell, a native of Battle Creek, Michigan, earns the fourth Freshman of the Year award in program history, and the first since 2004.

Source: Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

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The primary goal Sunday when Michigan State and Georgia squared off in an exhibition game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids was to raise money for the American Red Cross. That goal was reached to the tune of nearly $340,000. The benefit for two basketball teams is harder to quantify, but it seems there’s little doubt the Spartans will be much better off for having added the game against the Bulldogs to a preseason schedule that included last week’s meeting with Ferris State and ends Friday at home against Hillsdale.

Source: Detroit News

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It’s November, and there is no more time left for college football teams to pout after losses. Especially not for Michigan State and Penn State, with plenty still at stake. The Spartans can still earn a spot in the Big Ten championship game by winning their final four contests of the regular season, even after losing for the first time in Big Ten play this season Saturday at Northwestern. The Nittany Lions need help to catch Ohio State after suffering their first loss of the season to the Buckeyes.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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A significant change is coming to the college football recruiting process this winter with the addition of an early signing period for the first time. Recruits in the 2018 class will be able to sign a national letter of intent from Dec. 20-22. Michigan State has 18 players verbally committed to its 2018 class and coach Mark Dantonio anticipates every one of them to make it official in December.

Source: MLive.com

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Through the first five games of his career, Michigan State wide receiver Cody White was playing like most freshmen seeing their first college action. He would be in for a handful of plays, be targeted a few times and slowly get his feet wet in the Spartans’ offense. It seemed the standard development. That development has skyrocketed in the last two weeks. Following his six catches for 99 yards against Indiana, White exploded with nine catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the triple-overtime loss at Northwestern.

Source: Detroit News

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Michigan State already has a win over a top-10 team this season. That came when the Spartans, then unranked and 13-point underdogs, upset then-No. 7 Michigan 14-10 in Ann Arbor on Oct. 7. One month later, No. 24 Michigan State (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) is once again the underdog (-7.5) against the No. 7 team in the nation as it will host Penn State (7-1, 4-1) on Saturday (Noon, FOX) in East Lansing.

Source: MLive.com

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Michigan State’s chances at being the surprise team to come out of the Big Ten East took a hit Saturday with a 39-31 triple-overtime loss to Northwestern. Coming off that loss, the next two weeks will provide the biggest challenges of the season for the Spartans with No. 7 Penn State coming to town this weekend and a road trip to No. 3 Ohio State looming the next week.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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Michigan State has a midweek/weekend schedule on tap, hosting No. 1 Penn State on Wednesday to wrap a three-match homestand before heading to Evanston, Ill. for the first of two meetings this season with Northwestern.

Source: Michigan State University Official Athletic Site

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Michigan State understands its season is far from over even after suffering its first Big Ten loss last weekend at Northwestern and is quickly turning its attention to the toughest two-game stretch on the schedule. With No. 7 Penn State visiting Spartan Stadium for a noon kickoff Saturday, followed by a trip next week to No. 3 Ohio State, there is big opportunity available for No. 24 Michigan State while there is also great challenge.

Source: Detroit News

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Big Ten preseason player of the year Miles Bridges is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, which features the magazine’s college basketball preview. The Spartans are ranked No. 2 by Sports Illustrated, behind Arizona and ahead of No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Wichita State. The magazine projects NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds for those four teams.

Source: Detroit News

 

 

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This week, Michigan State will look to beat the No. 7 team in the country for the second time this season. MSU is set to host Penn State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium (noon, FOX) with both teams coming off difficult losses.

Source: Spartans Tailgate

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It started with a case of mistaken phone identity that raised one eyebrow.It ended in a back-and-forth between Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and The Rock. While Dantonio was giving his postgame press conference after the Spartans’ 39-31 triple-overtime loss at Northwestern on Saturday, a cell phone at his podium went off twice. It featured a ringtone of the song “You’re Welcome,” which was sung by pro wrestler and actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the movie Moana.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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A condensed Spartan Red Zone panel of Zachary Swiecicki, Kyle Turk and special guest Tino Abarca made SRZ history — for the first time ever bringing you immediate analysis and reaction from a makeshift studio within the depths of Ryan Field in Evanston.

Source: Impact Sports

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