Football espn.go.com —  Michigan State lost several big stars on defense but was still a top contender to repeat as the Big Ten champ this season. The Spartans evolved on offense and scored enough points (43.1 per game) to finish the regular season with 10 wins.
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Football mlive.com —  Pat Narduzzi sidestepped the question when asked at Tuesday's Cotton Bowl press conference if he had been contacted by any other schools about coaching vacancies. "Really don't talk to anybody about it. We're focused on the Cotton Bowl and Baylor and our preparation for them,'' Narduzzi said at Spartan Stadium. "But things like that are going to happen at times, and you'll have opportunities like that with the success you have at Michigan State with the multiple 10, 11, 12-win seasons.

Narduzzi quiet on jobs, raring to take on Baylor Detroit Free Press
If you want to talk about the Baylor offense, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is more than willing -- he said today that the Spartans have to "right the ship" and finally get the better of an elite opponent in the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl.

Narduzzi deflects job talk, focuses on MSU bowl game Detroit News
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said he's not focused on potential head coaching jobs, instead putting his work in on figuring out how to slow down a Baylor offense in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.

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Football freep.com —  Three Michigan State players -- center Jack Allen, cornerback Trae Waynes and safety Kurtis Drummond -- today were named to the Associated Press All-America third team.
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Football sbnation.com —  The Bears and Spartans have more in common than you think. How they adjust to each other should decide the New Year's game.
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Football mlive.com —  Baylor produced eye-popping numbers on offense this season, but Michigan State is the more balanced team. That's the quick read on how the Bears and the Spartans compare in the national statistical rankings as they head to the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium for their 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1 showdown.
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Football mlive.com —  Atlanta made no bones about it, the game plan for the Falcons was to stop Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell on Sunday. Bell failed to get what would have been an NFL record 200 yards from scrimmage for a fourth consecutive game, but he had 119 total yards and two rushing touchdowns to help the Steelers get the 27-20 victory.
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Coach Izzo plays his accordion while the players sing Jingle Bells. Plus a preview of the upcoming game against Eastern Michigan.

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Football mlive.com —  Brian Allen, Malik McDowell and Montae Nicholson were picked by ESPN.com and BTN.com, while Chris Frey was named honorable mention by BTN.com. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  The Michigan State football team has been off for more than a week since its last practice, but the talk surrounding the Spartans' New Year's Day Cotton Bowl matchup against Baylor has not stopped since it was first announced Dec. 7.
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Football mlive.com —  Coaches Art Briles and Mark Dantonio have done two of the finest rebuilding jobs at their respective schools over the past decade in college football.
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Football freep.com —  Rush entered his senior season known as an underrated player, but after playing his best ball in 2014 as one of the Spartans' most valuable defenders and still getting little recognition for it, that tag means even more. So last week, when Rush was left off the media and coaches All-Big Ten first and second teams — he was honorable mention for a fourth straight time — Calhoun tweeted to him: "You'll always be first team All BIG 10 and first team All American to me. Thanks for the help over the years. #BIGBrother#Dawg"
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Football mlive.com —  The Bears' No. 1-ranked offense is the brainchild of head coach Art Briles, who developed it himself while rising up through the coaching ranks.
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Football mlive.com —  Oddsmaker Danny Sheridan explained why all 10 Big Ten teams playing in bowls this season are underdogs.
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Football bleacherreport.com —  The Michigan State offense that quietly finished seventh in the nation in points per game (not that far behind the vaunted Baylor attack) should be able to score early and often against the Bears. If the Spartans defense can rack together a few stops in a row against Petty and company, Connor Cook, Jeremy Langford and Tony Lippett could open up a nice lead.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Hollis said he's geared up for the Cotton Bowl, having already purchased a black cowboy hat, black cowboy boots and a custom green western shirt. Not all Spartans fans are bought in, however, as more than half of Michigan State's 13,000 ticket allotment for the Jan. 1 showdown with Big 12 co-champ Baylor remained available on Friday.
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Football freep.com —  Nebraska? Wisconsin? These jobs weren't viable options for Michigan State football coach Pat Narduzzi. I was surprised to hear some who claim to be informed say that they were. Both are jobs that are a notch above seeking an unaffiliated assistant coach with no head coaching experience. But Pittsburgh? That's another notch down.
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Football mlive.com —  Drew Stanton was knocked out of the Arizona Cardinals NFL game against St. Louis on Thursday night with a knee injury, the extent of which has not been disclosed. "We know he has a knee injury, (but) we have no idea what the extent of it is, he's had a previous one'' Arizona coach Bruce Arians said after Arizona improved to an NFL-best 12-3 with the 12-6 win. "We'll take it very slow with him and see how it goes.''
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Football freep.com —  A year ago, Michigan State fans infiltrated Stanford's Rose Bowl ticket allotment to satisfy robust demand, resulting in an estimated 60,000 green-clad spectators in the 92,542-seat stadium for MSU's 24-20 win. This year, Baylor might end up doing the same thing to MSU. The MSU ticket office had sold about 6,000 of its allotment of 13,000 tickets for the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl as of the close of business Thursday, a day after opening things to the public.
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Football freep.com —  Mark Dantonio has used this week to get on the road and recruit. He has stopped into the schools of several players that the staff is actively recruiting for the class of 2016 and had in-home visits with two players for the class of 2015.
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