Football landof10.com —  The Big Ten East race is coming down to the final two weeks of the season. Counting the Big Ten championship game, the next three weeks will decide which team – or teams – from the Big Ten will have the best chance to earn a berth in the College Football Playoff. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Everyone's talking about Ohio State's game after this one, the one against that other team from the state of Michigan. Yet the Michigan State-Ohio State game has been the best rivalry in the Big Ten for the last five years. CBS Sports named it college football's best modern rivalry before the season.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio doesn't come off as much of an autograph seeker, with his stoic disposition and all-business public persona as Michigan State's 10th-year coach. But as a 28-year-old graduate assistant at Ohio State three decades ago, Dantonio couldn't help but hold out a pen and paper when he came across one of college football's iconic coaches.
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Football freep.com —  There’s no sneaking up on Ohio State. Not this time. Not after Michigan State spoiled Urban Meyer’s season a year ago. Not after Mark Dantonio and Co. snatched a Big Ten title away from the heavily favored Buckeyes in 2013. And definitely not after two teams previously ahead of Ohio State — Michigan and Clemson — were upset on Saturday.
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Football landof10.com —  The monkey is off Michigan State’s back. The Spartans snapped a 7-game losing streak with a 49-0 win against Rutgers last Saturday, ending the longest losing stretch for the program in 34 years. It was the first shutout for Michigan State since 2013 and allowed the Spartans (3-7, 1-6) to exhale for a moment in what has been a stressful and disappointing season.
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Football freep.com —  It seemed like a luxury at first, but it’s becoming more of a necessity now. Donnie Corley and Justin Layne knew before arriving at Michigan State that they might play some cornerback. Layne transitioned there first, playing one game at wide receiver before taking over as a starter on defense. Fellow true freshman Corley began getting time at cornerback against Michigan late last month. And he played almost the entire second half of Saturday’s 49-0 win over Rutgers opposite his classmate.
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Football landof10.com —  If you had told Mustafa Khaleefah a decade ago that he would be getting a college scholarship to play American football, the 6-foot-6 Michigan State offensive tackle commit might have asked, “What’s American football?”
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Football spartanavenue.com —  The atmosphere in East Lansing the week leading up to the game and in Spartan Stadium on game day will not resemble that of recent battles between the two foes. A loss may be viewed as simply another disappointment of a disastrous season, and one of little consequence for a team already out of reach of a bowl game. After all, is there much difference between 4-7 and 3-8? However, an upset win could bring substantial reward for players, coaches, fans and the program overall.
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Football landof10.com —  Michigan State was struggling. No one knew that more than Mark Dantonio. At Tuesday’s press conference, the Spartans coach said the team was “sort of out there in the desert” before beating Rutgers 49-0 on Saturday. That stopped the losing streak at seven and gave Michigan State its first Big Ten win.
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Football mlive.com —  Malik McDowell's name can't be found on this week's Michigan State depth chart, but that doesn't mean he won't suit up when the Spartans play No. 2 Ohio State. The Michigan State standout defensive lineman's status is uncertain ahead of Saturday's game, Mark Dantonio said on Tuesday. "He'll either start for us or be unable to play," Dantonio said. "We'll see as the week goes.
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Football mlive.com —  Justin Layne was supposed to be one of an emerging set of young wide receivers for Michigan State this year. Instead, he's being compared to one of the best cornerbacks to ever play for Mark Dantonio.
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  O’Connor’s legacy is layered, more so than that of someone like Andrew Maxwell, for example. O’Connor is, in no small part, responsible for one of the great wins in MSU program history, last season’s win at Ohio State. That gigantic moment — O’Connor thrust onto the biggest stage of his career due to a Connor Cook injury — wasn’t too big for him. He was prepared for it.
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Football freep.com —  It’s a role Michigan State is unaccustomed to playing under Mark Dantonio, but one the Spartans have experienced on the other side recently. Welcome to being the potential spoiler for another team’s ultimate goals.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Michigan State is as far away from the College Football Playoff as you can get this year but, the Spartans have a unique opportunity these next two weeks to play spoiler as the final two games are must wins for both Ohio State and Penn State.
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Football freep.com —  Three Spartans who helped and hurt their stock in Saturday’s 49-0 win over Rutgers
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Saturday against Rutgers, we saw what very well could be the future for the left side of Michigan State's offensive line. Redshirt freshman Cole Chewins made his first career start at left tackle next to fellow redshirt freshman Tyler Higby, who started the six games at left guard for the Spartans. The two played a large part in MSU rushing for 277 yards and not allowing a sack all game, and it appeared the MSU found something in that combination after playing musical chairs on the offensive line all season.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  Former Michigan State standout Shilique Calhoun was on campus as an honorary Caption for MSU's game against Rutgers. "It feels great to back on campus," Calhoun said. "I'm having a great time. We have a 42-0 lead right now so I'm really enjoying myself."
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