Football mlive.com —  Pittsburgh Steelers tailback Le'Veon Bell joined the elite and exclusive company of NFL Hall of Famer and Chicago Bears all-time great Walter Payton by gaining more than 200 yards from scrimmage on Sunday. Bell, who left the Michigan State program after leading the Big Ten in rushing as a junior in 2012, became the second player in NFL history and the first since Payton 37 tears ago to gain 200 yards from scrimmage three straight games in Pittsburgh's 42-21 win at Cincinnati.
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Football freep.com —  "You ready, bro?" That's the text message Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook sent to Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty on Sunday (complete with a smiley face emoji) when the MSU-Baylor Cotton Bowl matchup was announced.
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Football freep.com —  "They're going to spread you out horizontally and test you vertically," Dantonio said. "I think they spread you out by formation — use the entire field formationally, and then look for the seams. They also have the ability to run the football when you spread out, so you just can't play them outside, either. … We'll go to work trying to figure that out."
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Football freep.com —  Baylor has the best offense in the country, averaging 581.3 yards (18 more than any other FBS team) and 49 points per game. The Bears have a good rushing offense (23rd overall), but their offense thrives under the No. 5 overall passing attack led by quarterback Bryce Petty. Their defense, on the other hand, is not balanced at all. They're not necessarily bad at No. 41 overall, but they have the 104th-best pass defense in the country, which is awful. Their rush defense, though, is the ninth-best in the country. They only give up about 108 yards on the ground per game.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It's college football playoff hopes dashed a month ago against Ohio State, Michigan State will have to settle for being in one of the most attractive showdowns of the bowl season. According to Yahoo! and ESPN.com, the Cotton Bowl is the game to watch. Other than the college football playoffs, that is.
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Football mlive.com —  Jack Allen, known to teammates and opponents as Michigan State's orneriest offensive lineman, is fast becoming one of its most decorated of the Mark Dantonio Era. Allen, a first-team All-Big Ten selection of the coaches and the media last week, was named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy on Monday. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football.
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Football msuspartans.com —  In a quirky sort of way, Michigan State's anticipation of a showdown with Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic has been building since August. "You really don't know who you're going to play at the end of the year, but Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears is a team you always heard about on SportsCenter, on College Football Live, on anything like that," said Tony Lippett.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State junior Jack Allen has been named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. Along with Allen, the other five finalists are: David Andrews (Sr., Georgia), Reece Dismukes (Sr., Auburn), B.J. Finney (Sr., Kansas State), Andy Gallik (Sr., Boston College) and Hroniss Grasu (Sr., Oregon).
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Football mlive.com —  Lippett, who on Sunday was voted the team MVP and has played on both offense and defense the past two games, said the added work is fine with him. "It's a platform your want to perform on,'' Lippett said, acknowledging his snap count could reach an all-time high. "You've got to do what you've got to do.''
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Football detroitnews.com —  It's been quite a week for Tony Lippett. On Monday, the Michigan State senior was named honored by the Big Ten, taking home the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year Award and being named first team all-conference. He capped things off on Sunday by winning the Governor's Award as Michigan State's most valuable player as voted by his teammates.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has spent the past four weeks dealing with the fact that it won't be competing for a national championship this football season. Baylor, meanwhile, held on to its College Football Playoff hopes until Sunday afternoon, when it was announced the Bears aren't part of the four-team field. But Bears coach Art Briles isn't expecting any disappointment to show on the field when his team takes on the Spartans in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day.
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Football freep.com —  By the time Baylor coach Art Briles got to the phone for a joint teleconference Sunday with Mark Dantonio to preview the Cotton Bowl, he was done venting publicly. Briles was all enthusiasm and compliments about the No. 7 Spartans (No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings), who will take on his No. 4 Bears (No. 5 in the CFP rankings) at 12:30 p.m. in the Jan. 1 game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Football freep.com —  "This is better for our program," MSU junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun said of a chance to beat the first team left out of the playoff after both of the Spartans' losses this season came to teams in it.
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Football freep.com —  Miami is nice and all, but Michigan State wanted — and needed — a game against the best opponent possible. The Orange Bowl — and three-loss Georgia Tech — wasn't going to be that opponent. Baylor will be.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Following the announcement of the teams for the College Football Playoff "New Year's Day Six" Bowl games, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Baylor head coach Art Briles participated in a teleconference to preview the 79th Cotton Bowl Classic held on Jan. 1 in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium.




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Football msuspartans.com —  MSU head coach Mark Dantonio and several Spartans met with the media following the team banquet on Sunday evening to preview the upcoming matchup against No. 5 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Big Ten Receiver of the Year Tony Lippett was selected Most Valuable Player by his teammates at the annual Spartan Football Awards Banquet held Sunday before a crowd of nearly 700 at the Kellogg Center.
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Football freep.com —  Graham Couch and Joe Rexrode discuss MSU's unexpected placement in the Cotton Bowl vs. Baylor on Jan. 1.
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Football mlive.com —  Senior Travis Jackson said the MSU players were excited thinking they were going to Miami, Florida, to play in the Orange Bowl, but that playing the highest ranked team available in AT&T Stadium is a cool way to go out as a senior.
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