Football btn.com —  BTN analyst Shawne Merriman travelled to East Lansing to spend some time with Shilique Calhoun and discuss the fine art of rushing the passer. What did Merriman learn?
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Football sports.yahoo.com —  The question would have seemed ludicrous seven years ago when Mark Dantonio was in his first season as Michigan State's coach. But after five victories in the last six years over rival Michigan, it seems fair to ask: Do the Spartans risk losing the chip on their shoulder?
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's Connor Cook handles the media much like he manages games from his quarterback position. There's a plan going in, but Cook's not afraid to audible and go deep. Such was the case on Tuesday when Cook sat in front of a room full of media at Spartan Stadium and said matter-of-factly of Saturdays' game "it's going to be a blood bath.''
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Football detroitnews.com —  There's no doubting the intensity of the rivalry between Michigan State and Michigan. Players on both sides say it's the most physical and intense game they play every year. As Michigan State guard Travis Jackson said, "It's a slobber-knocker of a game, and that's how it's been for a long time and that's the way we like it."
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Football youtube.com —  Seniors Kurtis Drummond, Travis Jackson and Jeremy Langford discuss how personal the Michigan game is to them, how it felt to lose in 2012, how they prepare for the game and preview the game itself.


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Football mlive.com —  Trae Waynes is the Spartans' only representative on the Sports Illustrated Midseason All-American teams, while preseason first-team choice Shilique Calhoun was left off. Waynes' 23 tackles rank seventh on the Spartans' defense, and he's tied with Kurtis Drummond for the team lead with two interceptions heading into Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game against Michigan at Spartan Stadium.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State looks well on its way to producing another first-round talent -- at least. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke unveiled his latest NFL draft big board, ranking the top 40 prospects for next year's draft, and he's got three Spartans on it. Junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun ranks No. 21. Junior cornerback Trae Waynes ranks No. 34. And junior quarterback Connor Cook ranks No. 40.
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Football mlive.com —  Every year for a decade, Michigan State's defense has raised the bar higher and higher in its rivalry matchup against Michigan. Since 2004, Michigan has scored fewer points in the rivalry game each year, from 45 down to 6 last year. The Spartans haven't allowed a touchdown since the fourth quarter of the 2011 matchup.
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Football espn.go.com —  Everybody is breathlessly anticipating the huge Big Ten showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State on Nov. 8. But first, the Spartans must make sure they don't overlook their last game before that matchup: Saturday's contest against Michigan.
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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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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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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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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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