Ice Hockey theonlycolors.com —  Call me out for being greedy but man I am a little deflated after the Spartan hockey team only split with UMass this weekend. While there was clear improvement (8 goals in 2 games is simply amazing compared to the last two seasons), having a sweep so close but not finishing is frustrating. It is just the first week of the season though and there is plenty to be happy about before heading east this weekend.
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Volleyball statenews.com —  Perhaps the new uniforms bought new energy to the Spartans, who adorned pink jerseys Saturday night instead of the customary home white ones as part of their annual Breast Cancer Awareness game.
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Women's Golf msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State women's golf team shot a 15-over-par 303 in Saturday's second round of the Tar Heel Invitational and is tied for 14th place in the elite 18-team tournament, which features 10 teams ranked in the Golfweek Top 25.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State hopes to finish this season with a second consecutive Big Ten championship and an invitation to the inaugural College Football Playoff; both of which are achievable if the Spartans win out. MSU has the talent to run the table, but there is one large problem it will have to fix if this season is going to end with a championship --the fourth quarter.
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Football freep.com —  The letdowns within games signal new territory for Mark Dantonio, and I'm sure he'd love to build a huge lead in Michigan State's next game at Indiana and see whether his team can preserve it this time. The true definition of a letdown, though, happens between games. It's a team not caring enough or respecting its opponent enough or being emotionally mature enough to prepare enough. And with Dantonio approaching two milestones in his eighth season, the remarkable absence of that in his program also should get some attention.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan at Michigan State will be a 3:30 p.m. kick on ABC. The game will be played Oct. 25 in East Lansing.
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Football freep.com —  It already was going to be difficult for Indiana to upset Michigan State, but now it’s going to take an improbable performance from an unproven quarterback to go with a career day from running back and Heisman Trophy darkhorse Tevin Coleman. Indiana football coach Kevin Wilson made official today what was feared Saturday, when starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld went down in a 45-29 loss at Iowa: Sudfeld has a separated left (nonthrowing) shoulder and is out for the season. That has big implications for Saturday’s game between No. 8/6 MSU (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and Indiana (3-3, 0-2) at Memorial Stadium (3:30 p.m., ESPN).
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Football mlive.com —  After a 23-point trouncing last year, Las Vegas oddsmakers don't see the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry getting much closer this year. Michigan State opens the week as a 15-point favorite against rival Michigan for its 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Spartan Stadium, according to VegasInsider.
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Football mlive.com —  Even after a day that included 662 yards of total offense, the most for Michigan State in the Mark Dantonio era, it's up to the coaching staff to continually find areas of improvement. And after a 56-17 win Saturday over Indiana, the Spartans are looking to get better in an area that has dogged them this season: short-yardage situations.
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Football statenews.com —  Before head coach Mark Dantonio took over the MSU football program in 2006,, the MSU-Michigan rivalry was one sided. The Wolverines had won nine of the last 11 games against MSU, including a five-game winning streak before Dantonio joined the Spartan sidelines.
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Volleyball statenews.com —  The volleyball season is heading into the final stretch, and the competition is heating up for the Spartans. MSU (12-7 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) will hit the road to play No. 20 Ohio State (14-6 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) on Friday night and No. 7 Penn State, the defending national champion (18-3 overall, 6-2 Big Ten) on Saturday night.
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Football mlive.com —  While a number of Michigan State football recruits battle injuries in the latter portion of the season, a pair of running backs continue to put up huge rushing yards. 2015 Hubbard, Ohio running back Larry Scott's team trailed for the first time all season after one quarter of play Friday. But 116 seconds after its opponent kicked a field goal, Scott scored his first of four touchdowns, en route to a day of 241 rushing yards.
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Football freep.com —  Hello, MSU-Michigan week. For starters in the mailbag, some reaction I expected -- OK, wanted -- to my column on the psychological change for MSU this season.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Detroit News sports reporters John Niyo, Matt Charboneau and Bob Wojnowski talk about how 'little brother' has become the big brother in the bitter gridiron rivalry between the Spartans and Wolverines.


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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Mackenzie MacEachern had 12 points in 36 games as a freshman. Two games into his sophomore year at Michigan State, the 6-foot-2, 199-pound left wing already has four points - one goal and three assists. On a team desperate for offense, MacEachern is eager to make a major impact this season by scoring goals and setting up goals.
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Football msuspartans.com —  The Spartans have closely studied a trend in the series indicating that since 1970, the team that has rung up the most running yards has won 41 times and was defeated on just three occasions.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio knows better than anyone that the team that has rushed for the most yards in the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry game has won 41 of the past 44 meetings. The Spartans head coach, however, cited a different statistic as the biggest key to the game when interviewed on the Big Ten Network show "BTN Football and Beyond" on Thursday afternoon: Turnovers.
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Football freep.com —  He’s the most talented MSU offensive lineman in many years — “I mean, he’s dominant,” offensive line coach Mark Staten said — and is likely at some point to be MSU’s first drafted offensive lineman since Chris Morris in 2006, and first picked high since Flozell Adams went in the second round in 1998. At 6-6, 303 pounds and with quick feet, he is obliterating opponents and anchoring a line that has yielded four sacks, tied for fewest in the nation. And before Conklin decided to spend the fall of 2012 at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy to improve his chances of a scholarship, he had one offer. Wayne State was willing to give him $2,000 per semester toward his tuition.
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Football freep.com —  We break down what we learned from the win over Indiana and what to expect as the Michigan game approaches.
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