Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's coaches and players are sure to spend a good portion of time this week in the film room, picking up clues to better understand what has made this Nebraska offense work so efficiently. The No. 19-ranked Cornhuskers (5-0) will be in East Lansing for Saturday night's 8 p.m. kickoff looking to take Big Ten superiority away from the No. 10-ranked Spartans (3-1).
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Football mlive.com —  Former Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell is well on his way to becoming a premiere NFL player, after recording more than 100 total yards for the fourth straight game to start the season. Just don't tell him that.
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Football detroitnews.com —  When Michigan State beat Nebraska for the first time in the series last season, Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini wasn't exactly giving the Spartans credit. He had just watched his team lose 41-28, but five turnovers played a role as the Cornhuskers were able to effectively move the ball, rushing for more than 180 yards (123 from Ameer Abdullah).
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Football mlive.com —  Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong came across as a very confident young man in a Cornhuskers' question-and-answer press conference release posted on the school's website on Monday afternoon. "We take care of the football, offense rolls,'' Armstrong said, asked how hungry he is entering Saturday night's 8 p.m. Big Ten showdown at No. 10-ranked Michigan State (3-1).
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Football freep.com —  EAST LANSING – Bo Pelini had a lot of nice things to say today about Michigan State the football team and the athletic department, saying the Spartans "do things the right way" and "have a lot of integrity." Faux Pelini mostly stuck to conversing with MSU's punter. One of the great Twitter parody accounts in sports, @FauxPelini, had a good time with the Spartans' resident comedic tweeter, senior Mike Sadler — as he's done in the past.
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Football mlive.com —  Since Nebraska began Big Ten play in 2011, it has owned the Michigan State rushing defense. On average, the Cornhuskers have rushed for 133.10 yards more than the Michigan State defense allows the rest of its opponents. In 2013, the Spartans defense allowed an average of 86.57 rushing yards per game. Nebraska rushed for 182.
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Football freep.com —  Coming into this year, the Spartans had high expectations for the defense. They weren't supposed to be as good as last year's team but, with a new batch of talent, the team was supposed to quickly gel and become elite. Then the D looked shaky against Jacksonville State. Then they gave up 46 points to Oregon. Then they gave up big plays to Eastern Michigan and Wyoming.
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Football freep.com —  The numbers say it, and so did Bo Pelini. No one gives Michigan State's defense more trouble than Nebraska. After the Spartans collected five turnovers en route to a 41-21 lead and 41-28 win at Nebraska last season -- despite giving up 182 rushing yards -- Pelini said: "We've run the football on them for three years. They're a quality football team, but we've run the football on them before, and we'll run it on them again.''
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Football mlive.com —  Nebraska coach Bo Pelini stressed at his Monday press conference that the Cornhuskers have to take care not to beat themselves. No. 10 Michigan State hosts Nebraska on Saturday. Nebraska has three interceptions and three lost fumbles this season, but Pelini might just as well have been talking about last year's game against Michigan State, when five turnovers led to a 41-28 Spartans' victory.
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Football mlive.com —  The game time for Michigan State's Oct. 11 trip to Purdue has been set for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised by ABC and ESPN2, according to a Purdue press release.
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Football mlive.com —  The Michigan State offense might not have put up the 73-point performance it did last week. But 56 points Saturday still represented a solid outing for the Spartans, and put them them in rare territory through four games of the season.
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Football youtube.com —  This is the video the Spartans watched before taking the field vs the Cowboys on September 27th, 2014.


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Football statenews.com —  Take away one quarter in Eugene, and Spartan fans, you could be looking at college football’s best team. At the same time, it’s fair to say there is still plenty unknown about this No. 9 MSU team with all of its wins coming against bottom feeders at best. After another week that saw some of college football’s top programs struggle against unranked opponents, it’s safe to say there is no team who is clearly above the rest.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  This was a nearly flawless game offensively, as gaining 83.1% of the total available yards is absurd. This included a literally flawless first half performance, where MSU gained 100% of available yards until the kneeldown to end the half. The offense continues to improve and it is sort of baffling. I'm not sure this unit has a ceiling.
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Football mlive.com —  "We as coaches and maybe we as a general Spartan public are spoiled by some of the things last year," Dantonio said. "There's going to be breakdowns and things that happen, the important thing is getting them fixed and not seeing them happening on a consistent basis."
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Football mlive.com —  The 533 yards of total offense jumps off of the page on Michigan State's final stat sheet from its 56-14 win over Wyoming Saturday. But when co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner walked into the interview room, the first number he mentioned was the number of penalties. "We had nine, felt more like we had about 29," Warner said. "We'll wait and see that on film. That's a little bit disappointing. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  The Spartans wilted in the Pacific Northwest heat the last time they were part of a high-profile showdown like they'll have against Nebraska on Saturday night.
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Football freep.com —  Pat Narduzzi was getting a little bit excited, as he tends to do when talking about the game of football. Blitzes, sacks, interceptions, hard hits — these are the things that get Michigan State's defensive coordinator going. Unless he's working with an offense that is playing so well, Narduzzi is compelled to glance at it from the coaching box while scheming up his next defensive series.
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