Football freep.com —  They might have looked the same in a lot of ways, but there was one big difference between Michigan State's 24-point win over Michigan this year and its 23-point win over Michigan last year — the line of scrimmage when MSU had the ball.
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Football detroitnews.com —  A former track standout, Nairn is arguably the fastest player Izzo has ever coached. (Asked what he'd do if he had to guard himself, Nairn replied, "Back up.") But he's also one of the players Izzo has threatened to kick out of the gym this fall — for good reasons. "He just sees nothing but basketball — Michigan State basketball," Izzo said, smiling, "and doesn't care about anything else."
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Football mlive.com —  If the College Football Playoff started today, Michigan State would be on the outside looking in. The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) came in at No. 8 in the first set of rankings released by the 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee on Tuesday night. Mississippi State was ranked No. 1, followed by Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss. Oregon was ranked No. 5, Alabama No. 6 and TCU is No. 7.
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Football detroitnews.com —  While most of the college football world was focusing on the first set of rankings released by the College Football Playoff selection committee, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was focused on other things. Even with his Spartans in the thick of the playoff race, he was busy recruiting during Michigan State's bye week and starting to turn the team's attention to next week's showdown with Ohio State. It is, in his mind, the perfect time for a week off after last week's victory over Michigan. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio remains confident the Big Ten champion will find its way into the College Football Playoff by the time the dust settles on the selection process in December. "My thought is that the cream is going to rise to the top, and the eventual champion out of this conference will have a great opportunity,'' Dantonio said on Tuesday's Big Ten coaches teleconference. "It's a great conference, it's extremely well coached, there's great players in this conference, quick reactors, there's big plays on the offensive side of the ball."
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has shared his opinion on the College Football Playoff selection process and what details he feels are important, but tonight it will finally be time for the people who matter most to publicly weigh in. The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first set of rankings at 7:30 Tuesday (TV: ESPN), giving coaches like Dantonio a better idea of where their programs stand heading into the pivotal month of November.
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Football mlive.com —  The Spartans (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten) host the No. 13 Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0) at 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Here are five things for Michigan State's second half of the Big Ten season
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Football mlive.com —  According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bell is on pace to set three Steelers franchise records: yards from scrimmage (set by Barry Foster in 1992 at 2,034 yards), most receptions for a back (51 by John L. Williams in 1994) and receiving yards for a back (762 by Ray Mathews in 1955).
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Football detroitnews.com —  The first rankings from the College Football Playoff selection committee will be released Tuesday, and Michigan State will be one of the teams paying close attention. How exactly the committee sees things has been up for debate since before the season started. But today's rankings, and subsequent ones released each week at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN until the selection show Dec. 7, will give the first real indication.
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Football mlive.com —  The former Bay City Central and Michigan State University star is in the midst of his most productive season with the Washington Redskins, leading the NFC in special teams tackles with nine. Those results have landed him on the NFL's online ballot for the Pro Bowl.
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Football mlive.com —  "He can be a good quarterback at the next level, but I think he needs one more year. Come back to Michigan State, there's a good supporting cast, this is the right place for him to be next season.''
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Football youtube.com —  Tony Lippett and Jeremy Langford have both come a long way during their careers at Michigan State. Relive their journey at Michigan State and see what it took for them to become key parts of this team.


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Football freep.com —  It set the tone, yes, but quarterback Connor Cook's early run Saturday -- in which he barreled over Michigan safety Delano Hill -- also continued Michigan State's long-term effort to make opponents think of Cook in a different way.
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Football mlive.com —  Whether it's because of some pregame motivation or any other reason, Michigan State's defense has had some of its best games of the last two years against rival Michigan. The numbers bear it out. In the past two seasons, Michigan State has played two games against Michigan and 10 games against the rest of the Big Ten. During that span, Michigan has averaged less than the rest of the conference in every major offense category against the Spartans.
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Football espn.go.com —  The Spartans were winning Big Ten games, just as they had in 2013, but not with their standard precision and 60-minute focus. A near blown lead against Nebraska. Poor decisions from players and coaches against Purdue. A sloppy first half at Indiana. Other than a fleeting moment against Nebraska -- when Huskers receiver Alonzo Moore nearly corralled a touchdown in the final minute -- the Spartans never looked like they actually might lose. But they didn't look right, either. They seemed to be losing their edge.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State junior cornerback Trae Waynes has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually since 1986 to the nation's top defensive back by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
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Football mlive.com —  "The O-line played awesome; it was the best game they've played all year,'' Cook said. "You saw the holes out there, you saw the holes Jeremy (Langford) was running in. You saw how great the pass blocking was. I think the game was won up front, I think the line won the game for us for sure."
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