Football youtube.com —  Mark Dantonio discusses why the Michigan game will always be number one on the schedule, why it's so personal, why it's so competitive, how the coaches prepare and balance this week and how his family handles this week.



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Football youtube.com —  Connor Cook and Taiwan Jones spoke to reporters on Tuesday about the upcoming game against Michigan. Topics included how personal it gets, the energy, the momentum in the rivalry, how to maintain a chip on their shoulders and how important it is to win this game.


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Cross Country msuspartans.com —  Michigan State’s Rachele Schulist was named the Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Schulist also received the award back on Sept. 9 after winning the Bill Dellinger Invitational in Oregon.
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Football detroitnews.com —  The idea of saying this week's game for Michigan State is the same as any other is a futile effort. As coach Mark Dantonio said on Tuesday at his weekly news conference, the rivalry with Michigan "gets in your blood."
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio insists he hasn't changed since being hired as the program's head coach in 2007. The Spartans' rivalry with Michigan has taken on a different look in the Dantonio era, however, with Michigan State winning five of the past six meetings.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio's least favorite day of the year -- the news conference previewing the Michigan game -- ended without any of the eyebrow-raising comments he tries to avoid. At one point, Dantonio did stop, sigh and mutter: "Tough press conference."
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Football freep.com —  "We're all successful when we have a team and a team atmosphere and you have good players. That helps all of us," Hoke said on today's Big Ten coaches teleconference. "You've got to give Mark a lot of credit with what they've done as a staff in their recruiting. I just think it's one of those games; when you play a rivalry, you've got to play your best."
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Cross Country msuspartans.com —  For the first time in program history, the Michigan State women’s cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll, announced by the national office on Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans were ranked No. 2 in the Week 4 coaches’ poll on Oct. 7 and overtook previous No. 1 Michigan after dominating the field in last Friday’s Wisconsin Invitational, finishing more than 100 points ahead of second-place Arkansas (87-191). Georgetown, Oregon, Michigan and Arkansas rounded out the top-five of this week’s poll. Michigan State also moved into the top spot in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Rankings. Discuss »
Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Michigan State senior forward Matt Berry has been named the Big Ten's First Star of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Berry scored four goals and added two assists in last weekend's season-opening series split with Massachusetts. Discuss »
Football isportsweb.com —  The emergence of Tony Lippett as one of the best wide receivers in country has been astounding. This is a guy that was playing defensive back a couple years ago and is now playing his way into Biletnikoff Award conversation. As of right now, Lippett is the Spartans top offensive weapon.
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Field Hockey msuspartans.com —  For senior back Michelle Graham, family has been an integral part of her successes as both a player and a person. Graham's long journey to the Michigan State campus began in South Africa, where she was born and lived for a year before moving to Vancouver, B.C. With a lineage that includes both grandparents playing field hockey for the Kenyan national team and two older sisters who played field hockey in college, it is only right that Michelle ended up on the pitch.
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Football network.yardbarker.com —  When the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines take the field on Saturday afternoon, a popular historical axiom throughout the series will likely continue to play a significant role in determining the overall victor. Whichever team rushes for the most yards, historically, is likely to win.
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Men's Soccer impact89fm.org —  With the men’s soccer season entering its final stretch, the Big Ten Tournament is drawing close. Michigan State will be hoping to capture the first seed, although it faces intense opposition. The top spot currently belongs to Penn State, who is sitting atop the Big Ten leaderboard, but has a game in hand on both Michigan State and fourth place Ohio State. However, Maryland and Northwestern will be jockeying for No. 1 as well, and the tightly-contested battle for the top spot is only getting started.

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Football mlive.com —  Michigan will have the best front seven the Spartans have seen, and Jeremy Langford's Big Ten streak of 12 games with 100 yards rushing or more will be in jeopardy. If the Wolverines can also bottle up the jet sweep, it will shift all the pressure onto the MSU pass game.
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Football mlive.com —  After leading the Cleveland Browns to their biggest comeback win in franchise history two weeks ago and a thrashing of the Pittsburgh Steelers the next week, Brian Hoyer came back down to earth Sunday. Hoyer was 16-for-41 passing for 215 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. The Browns offense managed just two field goals in a 24-6 loss to the Jaguars.
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Football freep.com —  "Arrogant asses." There's no official agreement on the exact wording of Michigan State coach Darryl Rogers' comment at the 1978 football banquet, but there's no dispute that he called the Wolverines and their fans "arrogant asses."
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State fans don't seem to be especially enamored with ESPN/ABC game analyst Ed Cunningham – angry tweets about him have been increasing the past two weeks – but he appeared to have a point about MSU quarterback Connor Cook's mechanics in Saturday's 56-17 win at Indiana. He had a point early, at least.
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