Football mlive.com —  Michigan State will likely be getting reinforcements for the depleted interior of its defensive line by the time the Big Ten season rolls around. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday that defensive tackles Damon Knox and James Kittredge will likely be ready to return to action by the time the Spartans host Nebraska Oct. 4.
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Football freep.com —  A 46-27 loss at Oregon ended MSU’s 11-game winning streak, and Saturday’s home game against Eastern Michigan is the first of what should be 10 straight with the Spartans favored to win. MSU also will be going for a 10th win over EMU in 10 tries — the series dates to 1898 — and a seventh straight win over the Mid-American Conference. The last loss came in 2009 to Central Michigan.
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Football statenews.com —  Entering the 2014 season, there was plenty of hype surrounding the No. 11 MSU offense, a group that returned seven starters from a year ago. While the offense has returned plenty of playmakers, none have been more impressive thus far than senior wide receiver Tony Lippett.
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Football collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  A smash-mouth defense, a physical, downhill running game and… professional quarterbacks who come through in the clutch? For one Sunday, that third point is a hallmark of Michigan State football as three former Spartans quarterbacked their professional clubs to victory.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has opened as a 45-point favorite over Eastern Michigan in the teams’ game at noon next Saturday at Spartan Stadium, according to VegasInsider.com.
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Football freep.com —  Drew Stanton threw for 167 yards and led the Cardinals (2-0) on three long scoring drives in helping them win for the ninth time in 11 games. He showed his own level of confidence after finding out he would be starting less than two hours before kickoff. Palmer was experiencing a nerve problem in his shoulder.
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Football statenews.com —  Coming off of a bye week, MSU football benefitted in the Associated Press poll by moving up two spots to No. 11. MSU is 1-1 overall and is still the highest ranked team in the Big Ten, ahead of Wisconsin at No. 19 and Ohio State at No. 24.
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Football btn.com —  The latest Coaches Poll was released Sunday, and four Big Ten teams remain ranked. Michigan State moved up two spots, to No. 11, despite being off, while Wisconsin (No. 17) and Ohio State (No. 18) stayed put and Nebraska (No. 22) moved down one spot.
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Football mlive.com —  In the parlance of Michigan State’s defense, a “fatal” is a key mistake that results in a big play for an opponent. Spartans middle linebacker Taiwan Jones said he made a few errors in his team’s 46-27 loss to Oregon last Saturday. But none proved fatal. “I had a few,” Jones said. “It didn’t get me there but it could get me in the future.”
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  As off-the-radar games against Eastern Michigan and Wyoming approach, this is the time to push away the noise and enjoy what you have. For perspective, channel memories of the 16 five-loss (or more) MSU football seasons between 1991 and 2007. These times, by comparison, should be fun — even if the Rose Bowl is no longer the Grail, and the Big Ten’s authority as a football power is being challenged.
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Football freep.com —  Taiwan Jones finished up his media interviews Thursday after Michigan State’s lone practice of the week and walked past MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who was far from finished. In fact, Narduzzi was explaining how Oregon tacked on a meaningless touchdown in its 46-27 win over MSU last weekend with some uncharacteristic gap blocking — the Ducks usually go with zone blocking on running plays — and how Jones didn’t detect it.
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Football rantsports.com —  The Michigan State Spartans will always be contenders as long as head coach Tom Izzo is around, but things will be a little tougher this year with the losses of guard Gary Harris and center Adreian Payne. Both players are now in the NBA, which may mean a few steps back for a team that was hoping to win the championship last season. One important player still remains on the team, however, in forward Denzel Valentine, and he is versatile enough to lead the Spartans to another Final Four.
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Football mlive.com —  An ESPN weekly college football poll provided a ringing endorsement for Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, among others. Of 128 FBS coaches, 98 participated when asked if they had a son playing college football -- and they were no longer coaching -- which current FBS coach would you want him to play for? Dantonio finished in a five-way tie for sixth place that included Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Oregon State’s Mike Riley, Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin.
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Football freep.com —  If the Michigan State offense is going to “learn to finish better,” as quarterback Connor Cook declared necessary Thursday, it will need more from its offensive line. More contributors, for one thing — MSU went with a six-man rotation in last week’s 46-27 loss at No. 2 Oregon, the sixth spot belonging to impressive freshman Brian Allen. And more reliability from some of the veterans.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner and the Spartans’ staff went over the Oregon game one final time before Thursday’s practice, and then it was time to move on. “As a coach you never stop thinking about it,’’ Warner said Thursday. “But we had quick meeting before practice and talked about it a bit more and put it to bed."
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Football mlive.com —  In its first major test of 2014, with new starters at safety and cornerback, the Spartans had multiple coverage breakdowns leading to the second-biggest passing day for a Michigan State opponent since 2010.
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Football freep.com —  The Michigan State quote of the past week goes to senior receiver Tony Lippett, on the loss that has by now been dissected all the way down to the presnap motions. “Hard to get over?” Lippett said of that loss. “Nah.” It really is that simple for these late-teens-to-early-twenties folk, who don’t obsess about all the outside noise nearly as much as the people who help create it. While we all pore over ridiculously early playoff scenarios and make fun of the Big Ten, a guy like Lippett knows he has as few as 11 games of college football left — then maybe a shot to play it professionally for a little while.
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Football freep.com —  One of Michigan State’s biggest freshmen finally got a chance to show his stuff last week. Another one didn’t. In the case of freshman defensive tackle Craig Evans, who did not see the field in MSU’s 46-27 loss at Oregon after playing in the season opener, his size was a factor.
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Football mlive.com —  Macgarrett Kings Jr. knows what it’s like to have football abruptly taken away. And knowing that, the Michigan State junior wide receiver now has a new mindset. “You don’t miss it until it’s gone,” Kings said Thursday. “Be thankful for every opportunity you have and live every day like it’s your last.”
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