Football msuspartans.com —  Each time a Michigan State football player unlocks a door or starts his car, he’ll be reminded of the opportunity at hand or of something that needs to be finished. In advance of Friday night’s season opener against Furman at Spartan Stadium, Coach Mark Dantonio distributed metaphors disguised as brass key chains to the members of the team. One side of the rectangular key fob bears the player’s number; the words “Back to Back” are printed on the other. The key chains carry a not-so-subtle summary of what’s at stake for the 2016 Spartans and the possibilities that lie ahead.
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Football isportsweb.com —  Head coach Mark Dantonio looks to have his team fired up heading into this game with a capacity crowd of over 75,000 people. It’s an opportunity to see how this Spartan team is looking before they have their first tough test of the year against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
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Football isportsweb.com —  On today’s isportsMSU Red Cedar Report, isportsweb contributors Tyler Hayward and Ryan McCumber preview Friday’s upcoming contest and Furman. They also break down the depth chart and talk about the surprises on it while previewing the rest of the season. Can Michigan State overcome it’s offensive overhaul to go “back-to-back.”


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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  When it comes to the Michigan State backfield, most of the focus has been on the three-headed monster that is LJ Scott, Madre London and Gerald Holmes. Meanwhile, the Spartans will be relying on somebody other than Trevon Pendleton at fullback for the first time since he saw limited action as a redshirt freshman in 2012. The first depth chart of the regular season was released Tuesday, with senior Delton Williams and grad transfer Prescott Line listed as co-starters at the position.
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Football mlive.com —  When R.J. Shelton talks about his hopes for Michigan State's return game this year, one phrase comes up again and again. "Explosive plays," Shelton said on Tuesday afternoon. "Any time the ball is in my hand, I want to take it the distance or get it in a good position for the offense to come on the field. Those are places where I feel like I need to excel in."
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has been practicing late into the evening this week, under the lights of its indoor practice facility. On Friday night, the much bigger lights will come on. The Spartans open the season on Friday night against Furman, ending an eight-month wait since the team's College Football Playoff loss to Alabama.
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Football impact89fm.org —  Rain turns into sleet and then slowly changes back to rain. The damp, cold, late-November night engulfs everyone like a blanket. Yet it was football weather–Big Ten football weather. With a victory over the host Ohio State Buckeyes, the Michigan State Spartans would put themselves in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten East crown with a trip to Indianapolis on the horizon.
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Football isportsweb.com —  When Michigan State football kicks off this weekend, they will be playing through your standard schedule. They open up against an FCS school as a majority of powerhouse teams do. Sure the main reason for that game is because of Alabama backing out of a series against the Spartans (thankfully), but either way, Furman is on the clock for the green and white. Still, most schools tend to use this opening slot on the schedule for what typically turns out to be nothing more than a glorified scrimmage against an FCS school or lower-level FBS team.
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Football detroitnews.com —  How many true freshmen see the field for Michigan State on Friday night remains to be seen, but there is no doubt about one. Wide receiver Donnie Corley will be part of the game plan when No. 12 Michigan State takes on Furman at 7 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. “Donnie Corley is going to play,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday.
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Football freep.com —  I know Corley is young and unproven. I know he is still learning the offense. I know it’s unfair to put any expectation on a freshman. But Corley is a special talent who could be a difference-maker. Because he can do things other people can’t do.
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Football sports.yahoo.com —  Tyler O'Connor expects it will feel different to take the field this week in Michigan State's opening game. ''You can finally go out there like it's your team,'' the fifth-year senior said. After three years backing up Connor Cook at quarterback, O'Connor finally has his chance to lead the Spartans. He's the starter now, and when No. 12 Michigan State hosts Furman on Friday night, he'll try to take the first step toward soothing concerns Spartans fans have about a potential drop-off at that position.
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Football wxyz.com —  "Make no mistake about it, we are the reigning Big Ten champions, and we need to work hard to defend that." Those were a few of the opening words from 10th year Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio as he opened the regular season with his initial press conference.
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Football freep.com —  It might be coincidence that Michigan State’s rise to prominence on the college football landscape coincided with Mark Staten’s out-of-necessity decision in 2012. Then again, the 36 wins and two Big Ten titles in the past three years might not be happenstance.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State linebacker Jon Reschke said he expects MSU’s defense to be among the nation’s best. He had an even bigger goal for the opening game Friday night against Furman. “We gotta set our goals high,” he said. “I think our goal, not to sound cocky or anything, but I think we can hold this team to no first downs. We could beat them that badly, and that’s what we need to do to make a statement as a defense." Discuss »
Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Another season begins for Michigan State on Sept 2., with a now-traditional Friday night opener. The Spartans, on the heels of back-to-back-to-back top-six national finishes, will be replacing their starting left tackle, center, quarterback, and top pass rusher for the first time in 3 years.
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Football freep.com —  It's game week! Lansing State Journal sports producer Dan Kilbridge (@LSJDanK), Detroit Free Press MSU beat writer Chris Solari (@chrissolari) and LSJ columnist Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) look over the most notable moves on MSU's Week 1 depth chart and look ahead to Friday night's game against the Furman Paladins.


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