Football mlive.com —  It's not just Jones' ability as a playmaker -- he's third on the team with 30 tackles and tied for second with 7.5 tackles for loss -- it's also Jones' ability to read the offense, make the proper defensive calls and make sure his teammates are lined up properly.
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Football mlive.com —  It's hard to find a more reliable strategy to winning the Michigan-Michigan State matchup than focusing on the running game. Forty-one times in the last 44 matchups, the team with the most rushing yards has won the game. That includes last year, when Michigan State won the rushing battle 142 to minus-48 in a 29-6 win.
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Football freep.com —  To review about Mark Dantonio — he grew up in Ohio cheering for Notre Dame and has spent 19 of his 35 college football coaching years at Michigan State or Ohio State. It would be difficult to find a coach more conditioned to dislike Michigan.
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Football freep.com —  When Michigan and Michigan State meet Saturday in East Lansing, it will be for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The Spartans will hope to retain Paul after their 29-6 victory in Spartan Stadium last fall, and Michigan will try to win him back for just the second time since 2007. When it comes to recruiting, the battles might be just as fierce – if a bit less publicized.
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Football freep.com —  For all the talk this week of Michigan State dominance and bloated point spreads, it's worth pointing out that the Spartans' winning streak over Michigan is one. And that means most of these MSU players — whose 29-6 win over U-M in 2013 was the Spartans' most convincing in years — also have access to the memories of a loss to the Wolverines. They'll probably try to tap into those as much as possible before attempting to lead No. 8 MSU (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) to a sixth win in seven tries over U-M (3-4, 1-2) on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
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Football detroitnews.com —  No matter how many times they win, no matter how resoundingly they pound, the Spartans' focus doesn't waver. This game always will mean everything to them, even when it's a mismatch, especially when it's a mismatch. And that's partly why it's a mismatch now. Mark Dantonio has burned for this rivalry since the day he arrived, and doesn't need any more fuel. He certainly doesn't need to give Michigan any fuel, with Michigan State a whopping 17-point favorite Saturday.
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Football freep.com —  White caught three other passes and finished with 143 yards on Oct. 25, 2008 for coach Mark Dantonio's first win over the Wolverines, the Spartans' first victory at Michigan Stadium since 1990 and the first of their four straight in the rivalry.
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Football freep.com —  The first Alex’s Great State Race will take place Friday and feature ROTC cadets from MSU and U-M running the game ball from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It's hard to imagine that five years ago, there was a web site dedicated to getting Pat Narduzzi fired. Granted, firepatnarduzzi.blogspot.com contains all of one post and it came in the wake of Michigan State's 38-30 loss at Wisconsin in 2009. But the fact there were any fans that wanted to see the defensive coordinator sent packing is hard to fathom.
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Football impact89fm.org —  The Spartan Red Zone trio of Dan Tyler, Andre Sims, and Brad Allen welcome quarterback Connor Cook to the studio. Last week’s big 56-17 win over Indiana is discussed, as well as this Saturday’s rivalry matchup with the Wolverines and even what all the guys are being for Halloween.
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Football statenews.com —  It’s plain and simple this week — whoever runs the ball more effectively will likely win the game. Whenever No. 8 MSU (6-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) and Michigan (3-4 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) tangle up, history shows that the team who gets more yards on the ground will come away with the victory.
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Football btn.com —  BTN analyst Shawne Merriman travelled to East Lansing to spend some time with Shilique Calhoun and discuss the fine art of rushing the passer. What did Merriman learn?
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Football sports.yahoo.com —  The question would have seemed ludicrous seven years ago when Mark Dantonio was in his first season as Michigan State's coach. But after five victories in the last six years over rival Michigan, it seems fair to ask: Do the Spartans risk losing the chip on their shoulder?
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's Connor Cook handles the media much like he manages games from his quarterback position. There's a plan going in, but Cook's not afraid to audible and go deep. Such was the case on Tuesday when Cook sat in front of a room full of media at Spartan Stadium and said matter-of-factly of Saturdays' game "it's going to be a blood bath.''
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Football detroitnews.com —  There's no doubting the intensity of the rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan. Players on both sides say it's the most physical and intense game they play every year. As Michigan State guard Travis Jackson said, "It's a slobber-knocker of a game, and that's how it's been for a long time and that's the way we like it."
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Football youtube.com —  Seniors Kurtis Drummond, Travis Jackson and Jeremy Langford discuss how personal the Michigan game is to them, how it felt to lose in 2012, how they prepare for the game and preview the game itself.


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Football mlive.com —  Trae Waynes is the Spartans' only representative on the Sports Illustrated Midseason All-American teams, while preseason first-team choice Shilique Calhoun was left off. Waynes' 23 tackles rank seventh on the Spartans' defense, and he's tied with Kurtis Drummond for the team lead with two interceptions heading into Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game against Michigan at Spartan Stadium.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State looks well on its way to producing another first-round talent -- at least. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke unveiled his latest NFL draft big board, ranking the top 40 prospects for next year's draft, and he's got three Spartans on it. Junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun ranks No. 21. Junior cornerback Trae Waynes ranks No. 34. And junior quarterback Connor Cook ranks No. 40.
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Football mlive.com —  Every year for a decade, Michigan State's defense has raised the bar higher and higher in its rivalry matchup against Michigan. Since 2004, Michigan has scored fewer points in the rivalry game each year, from 45 down to 6 last year. The Spartans haven't allowed a touchdown since the fourth quarter of the 2011 matchup.
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Football espn.go.com —  Everybody is breathlessly anticipating the huge Big Ten showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State on Nov. 8. But first, the Spartans must make sure they don't overlook their last game before that matchup: Saturday's contest against Michigan.
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