Football landof10.com —  Michigan State’s bowl game happens Saturday. The Spartans aren’t going anywhere in December, so they are settling for a trip to Happy Valley to play No. 7 Penn State in the regular-season finale.
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Football freep.com —  LJ Scott’s fumble against Wisconsin appeared to change the course of Michigan State’s fall. Or perhaps it was doomed from the first play we saw the Spartans run in a simulated game this season. Remember when Tyler O’Connor’s pass was picked off by Darian Hicks on the first episode of “Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp?”
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Football detroitnews.com —  Matt Charboneau breaks down Saturday's Michigan State-Penn State game at Beaver Stadium (3:30, ESPN/WJR).
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Football freep.com —  Last week, Demetrious Cox had to face the fact that he was playing his last game at Spartan Stadium. Now, he has to accept that he'll return home this week for the final time as a college athlete. "It's hard to believe," he said on Tuesday. "Everybody keeps saying that. It hasn't really hit me yet. It hit me after the last game at Spartan Stadium but it hasn't hit me yet."
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Football theonlycolors.com —  This time last year MSU was gearing up for a run to the Big Ten Championship and potential, the College Football Playoff. This year, yeah, not so much. That honor belongs to a couple other Big Ten teams, one of which is this week’s opponent, Penn State.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch breaks down the Spartans' matchup with the Nittany Lions.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  There a similarities between this weekend and Thanksgiving weekend four years ago, when MSU beat Minnesota on Thanksgiving weekend, 26-10, on frozen turf off the radar in Minneapolis. Coach Mark Dantonio still displays in his office the stocking cap he wore that day, a reminder of how important the game was to his program — it spurred everything that came after it, he said. The Spartans, with little to gain but a fourth-tier bowl game, prepared and performed as if it was the Super Bowl.
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Football freep.com —  Penn State is hoping to play for a Big Ten title next week. Michigan State knows its season will end Saturday. And after their season finale against the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions, the Spartans’ almost immediately will flip their calendars as others prepare for bowl season. Their 2017 season begins Monday.
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Football freep.com —  Free Press sports writer Chris Solari breaks down and predicts Saturday's Michigan State-Penn State game.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  MSU’s season finale comes this Saturday in Happy Valley against a Penn State team with the College Football Playoffs on their mind This time last year Michigan State was getting primed for a run to the Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff. This year, it’s Penn State with a deep January run on their minds. We talked to Aaron Yorke of Black Shoe Diaries to get the scoop on the Nittany Lions.
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Football mlive.com —  When the clock strikes zero on Saturday afternoon in State College, Pennsylvania, Mark Dantonio and his staff at Michigan State will be in uncharted territory. For the first time in Dantonio's 10 seasons in East Lansing, he won't be leading his team into a postseason bowl. That means the staff's month of December is suddenly open, and they're already figuring out how to make the best use of it.
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Football michiganstatefootballblog.wordpress.com —  What else do we have at this point? I guess the answer is a season finale against a #7 Penn State team that gives MSU football a chance to end the season on a high note. I expect the Spartans to be competitive. This is not the same team that lost 7 straight earlier this season. I will be watching the game. However, I have decided to write about the only thing that actually matters, next season.
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Michigan State appears to finally be getting over the hump. Their last chance to further verify the progress made in the second half of the season will come in Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. season finale at No. 7 Penn State.
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Football freep.com —  Penn State is hoping to play for a Big Ten football title next week. Michigan State knows its season will end Saturday. After their season finale against the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions (3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN), the Spartans almost immediately will flip their calendars while others prepare for bowl season. Their 2017 season begins Monday.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell has until Jan. 16 to declare his intentions for the NFL draft, which will be April 27-29. McDowell has been considered a potential first-round NFL draft pick. He told reporters before the season that he wouldn’t leave MSU unless he was a top-three selection. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks the 6-foot-6, 276-pound Southfield native at No. 7 on his most recent "big board," while fellow ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay ranks McDowell 10th. CBSSports.com’s Dane Brugler projects McDowell as the fourth overall pick, to Jacksonville.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State will conclude the 2016 season with a road trip to No. 7 Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 3:36 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The Spartans (3-8, 1-7 B1G) battled second-ranked Ohio State on Senior Day last weekend in Spartan Stadium, but ultimately fell to the Buckeyes, 17-16. PSU (9-2, 7-1 B1G) is still in the hunt for the Big Ten East Division title after beating Rutgers last Saturday, 39-0. The Nittany Lions, ranked seventh in this week’s College Football Playoff standings and eighth in both the Associated Press and Coaches Polls, are in a three-way tie for first in the division, along with Michigan and Ohio State. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN and WatchESPN.
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Football statenews.com —  Early in the fourth quarter of MSU football’s 17-16 senior day loss to No. 2 Ohio State University, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out a fake punt — one where junior linebacker Chris Frey took the direct snap and ran 25 yards down the sideline for a first down. After the play, as many Spartans celebrated on the sidelines and in the stands, a number of players did something else. They raised their hands and pointed their fingers to the sky.
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Football landof10.com —  “Playing out the string” are four words no athlete wants associated with their name. A seven-game losing streak leaves the impression that Michigan State’s football team went through the motions as October turned to November and the season’s end neared. If anything, the longest losing streak for the program in 34 years has served as a motivator.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Can you smell them? I mean the roses of course. The 2013 Michigan State Spartans have been granted a Rose Bowl birth thanks to their victory over The Ohio State University 34-24. What’s that you say? Notre Dame just had to vacate all 21 of their victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons? Including the win over Michigan State that may very well have prevented them from playing for a National Championship?
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Football mlive.com —  For just the second time in his career, L.J. Scott can call himself Michigan State's sole starting running back. On the last depth chart of Michigan State's season ahead of the Spartan's trip to Penn State (3:30 p.m., ESPN), the sophomore is listed alone as the team's running back starter. It marks the first time since the second game of this year, against Notre Dame, that he hasn't shared that role with one or more of his fellow backs.
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