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Michigan State saved its season with an upset win at Penn State last week. Now it’s rivalry week, and there is no time for a letdown. No need to hype it up anymore because this game will be used as rivalry fodder for the winner for the next year.

Source: The Only Colors

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This is the first year, I believe, that Michigan State’s football team can lose to Michigan without eating crow. That’s not to say losing wouldn’t crush the Spartans or sting their fans, or preclude an uncouth Wolverine from rubbing it in at the water cooler on Monday. But, by and large, the Spartans have finally won themselves out of the perpetual argument that their control of this rivalry is a fluke.

Source: Lansing State Journaln

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Asking Mark Dantonio to divulge injury information is tricky. The Michigan State coach typically only provides specifics about players who are out long-term. And with the No. 24 Spartans (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) heading into a rivalry game against No. 6 Michigan (6-1, 4-0) on Saturday (noon, FOX), there are key players who remain questionable.

Source: MLive.com

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The seniors on Michigan State’s defense are entering their fourth matchup against Michigan, and they’ll be preparing for their fourth different quarterback. In 2015, they saw Jake Rudock, who completed 60 percent of his passes for 168 yards in a loss. In 2016, Wilton Speight beat the Spartans in Spartan Stadium by throwing for 244 yards. And last year, John O’Korn completed 45 percent of his passes and threw three picks in a rainy comeback effort in Ann Arbor.

Source: MLive.com

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Michigan State’s offense hasn’t been prolific this season. The Spartans are averaging 26.2 points per game. They’ve run for 123 yards per game and have dealt with injuries along the offensive line, at receiver and in the backfield. Michigan State, though, remains successful at moving the ball through the air. The Spartans rank 34th in the nation with 271.5 passing yards per game and have a talented quarterback in Brian Lewerke.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Mark Dantonio’s first taste of the rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan came more than two decades ago. It was 1995 and he was in his first season as the Spartans’ secondary coach under Nick Saban when they upset No. 7 Michigan on a cold early-November day in East Lansing. That planted the seed.

Source: MLive.com

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With the season on the line, Mark Dantonio and the Spartans delivered yet another big-time win against a ranked opponent. With a dominant defense and enough offense, the Spartans were able to come away with a 21-17 victory over Penn State and have their confidence back heading into a big rivalry game.

Source: The Only Colors

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One of the biggest tweaks Michigan State football made going into Saturday’s upset of Penn State was shortening its offensive line group. Along with simplifying his team’s blocking scheme, coach Mark Dantonio and assistant Mark Staten’s decision to play five guys predominantly in the game was one of the big reasons they were able to run the ball for 123 yards.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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As Joe Bachie made clear Tuesday, current standings mean little when it comes to the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry, which rekindles at noon Saturday in East Lansing.

Source: Detroit News

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For the third straight year, Michigan State did not have a depth chart available for the Michigan game. Let the rivalry gamesmanship begin. The 24th-ranked Spartans and sixth-ranked Wolverines kick off at noon Saturday (Fox), but weeklong rivalry talk was relatively mundane from MSU coach Mark Dantonio’s side Tuesday.“Hopefully I’m talking in circles,” Dantonio said at one point, in essence trying to say a lot without saying much of substance.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Khari Willis got his first career start against Michigan. That came back in 2015 when the true freshman safety got the call alongside fellow freshman Grayson Miller as the Spartans headed into Michigan Stadium.

Source: Detroit News

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The New York Giants signed former Denver Broncos and Michigan State receiver Bennie Fowler and placed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong and wide receiver Cody Latimer on injured reserve. The moves were among a number made by the Giants (1-5) on Tuesday as they returned to practice after a long weekend following a Thursday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Source: Detroit News

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Hugh “Duffy” Daugherty guided Michigan State University’s football program to national prominence. In a 19-year reign, from 1954 to 1972, he had a 109-69-5 record. As head coach, Daugherty’s two greatest teams were the 1965 and 1966 teams. Both squads went through undefeated 10-game regular season schedules, won Big Ten championships and gained top national recognition. Daugherty coached 22 first team All-Americans and 51 first-team All-Big Ten selections.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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A week after suffering a deflating loss to Northwestern, Michigan State rebounded with a 21-17 upset win at Penn State. Here are three highlights and three concerns from the game for the No. 24 Spartans (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who host No. 6 Michigan (6-1, 4-0) on Saturday (noon, FOX)

Source: MLive.com

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Mark Dantonio and his assistants were frustrated. The Michigan State football coaches had watched the Spartans fizzle in the fourth quarter against Northwestern, and they wanted to know why it kept happening. “We’re constantly looking for answers, that’s for sure,” Dantonio said of his offensive line, after the 29-19 loss to Northwestern on Oct. 6.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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And just as quickly as Brian Lewerke and Felton Davis III marched the Michigan State Spartans to the end zone, they had to push it out of their heads.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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