Football freep.com —  It's fascinating to listen to the Spartans talk. Every so often, without fail, they mention "Coach D" in passing. They bring up something he has taught them. Something he has engrained in them. Dantonio has built a powerful, well-oiled machine at Michigan State. It is a team fashioned in his own likeness. Intense. Focused. Hardworking. Never satisfied. And forever feeling slighted. The Spartans are ranked No. 8 in the country, but they still act and talk as though they are the underdogs.
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Football mlive.com —  Lippett has recorded more than 100 receiving yards in each of his last three games, including 123 yards on seven catches Saturday at Indiana. His 112.3 yards per game lead the Big Ten, as do his eight touchdown catches. As his standout senior campaign crossed the halfway mark, more aggressive defensive tactics against him still haven't put a dent in his production.
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Football freep.com —  He's up for them all, nervous about them all, equally fiery against Eastern Michigan and Michigan, in the coaching box and on the sideline. A missed tackle is a missed tackle to Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Put three in a row on one play – as the Spartans did last week at Indiana on a 75-yard reverse for a touchdown – and you may as well have keyed his vehicle. "It didn't go good in the film room," Narduzzi said.
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Football freep.com —  "It'll be like taking candy from a baby." Michigan State receiver Plaxico Burress was just a sophomore in 1998 when he said those words a few days before MSU's trip to Ann Arbor. It's not that the Spartans were on top of the college football world — they were just 1-2, but they had momentum after a 45-23 rout of Notre Dame.
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Football freep.com —  Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said Wednesday that U-M's defense might be the most talented to date for the Spartans, and he expects an aggressive attempt to halt MSU's running game and bump its receivers. It worked for much of last year's game for the Wolverines. "People forget that," Warner said. "You look and, until the last drive, certainly the last drive was a nice way to finish it. But prior to that, we didn't run the ball with any consistency."
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Football freep.com —  Four men with Michigan State ties are among 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 25 coaches from the divisional ranks up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame. Those on the ballot from MSU are former receiver Kirk Gibson and running backs Clinton Jones and Lorenzo White, along with Darryl Rogers, who coached the Spartans in 1976-79.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State will host multiple class of 2015 prospects on official visits this weekend. Below are some details on the players who will be on campus.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Since 2007, the Spartans have: won two Big Ten Championships; played in two of the three conference championship games, winning one; and prevailed in the Rose Bowl.
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Football detroitnews.com —  To say the program Mark Dantonio took over at Michigan State in late November of 2006 was in disarray would be a massive understatement. When the head coach at Cincinnati was tabbed to replace John L. Smith, the Spartans had been to only two bowl games in seven seasons, compiling a 38-45 mark along the way as they took a significant plunge, one that started almost immediately after Nick Saban left for LSU after the end of the 1999 regular season.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Another time, another life and maybe Le'Veon Bell wouldn't be a running back. Truth is, the budding Pittsburgh Steelers star grew up wanting to be Randy Moss. Genetics did him in. Rather than long and lithe, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Bell is long and layered, his hopes of sprinting through the secondary on his way to an elaborate touchdown dance dashed by thighs that double as cinder blocks.
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Football spartannation.com —  Coming off their 56-17 win at Indiana, the Spartans return home to face the Michigan Wolverines at 3:30 on ABC.
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Football espn.go.com —  Michigan State coaches joke that they never see recruits wear their hats. That's a reference to those overhyped press conferences where highly-ranked prospects announce their college choices by putting on a team's cap. The Spartans often aren't involved in those mega-sized recruiting battles, at least not early on. They prefer to take their time, evaluate players as much as possible and find the right fits for their system.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi grew up in Ohio, most a fan of Youngstown State, where his father coached for at the time and not having a particular rooting interest in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry. But he got a quick indoctrination in the state's rivalry in 2007.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said All-Big Ten center Jack Allen is back at practice for the Spartans and will start Saturday's game against Michigan. Allen missed last Saturday's 56-17 win over Indiana with what appeared to be an ankle injury suffered the week before at Purdue.
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Football statenews.com —  Since 1953, the MSU-Michigan game has had more importance than in-state bragging rights and Big Ten implications. The two teams have also been playing for the Paul Bunyan trophy, a replica of the famous woodsman that some consider to be ugly. But if you wear blue or green on Saturday, there isn't a more beautiful sight.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Detroit News sports reporters John Niyo, Matt Charboneau and Bob Wojnowski talk about how 'little brother' has become the big brother in the bitter gridiron rivalry between the Spartans and Wolverines.


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