Football freep.com —  The off-season ahead will be all about middle linebacker for Bullough. He was at outside linebacker, playing mostly on third down, as a sophomore after playing running back as a redshirt freshman. But he said most of his reps over "probably the past two months" have been inside, and he's the early favorite to take over there in 2015. At 6-foot-2, 237 pounds and with more speed than Max — who manned the middle from 2011 to 2013 for MSU — Riley Bullough said he may put on a few pounds but wants to preserve his quickness.
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Football freep.com —  One quarter of inspired football leading to an improbable 42-41 victory left the No. 7 Spartans with an 11-2 record, a signature achievement for their program and the suddenly respectable Big Ten, a league-record-tying fourth straight bowl win, and very different headlines. This is now the story of a team that wouldn't — and a program that won't — quit. And the Spartans knew immediately they had landed a perception punch.
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Football detroitnews.com —  "I think we'll get a great lift," Dantonio said. "It's a belief system that we have. It should impact recruits. It should impact our current players. And it sends us into 2015 swinging up. We should at least be — I would imagine we're probably No. 6 in the nation or whatever, at least at the minimum No. 6, which gives us two years in a row at a top-10 ranking, which is very, very difficult to attain. And we're an 11-2 football team."
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack, Tom Crawford and Doug Warren talk about Michigan State's amazing Cotton Bowl win over Baylor, as well as a bit of NFL football, with former MSU outside linebacker and captain, NFL veteran and talk radio mainstay in Philadelphia (WIP), Ike Reese.


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Football spreaker.com —  Jack, Tom Crawford and Doug Warren talk about MSU's comeback win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, as well as preview the Dallas Cowboys v. Detroit Lions NFL Wild Card matchup, with former MSU and NFL wide receiver, Plaxico Burress.

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Football freep.com —  Let's be honest, I'm just coming up with a lame reason to get Jim Harbaugh's name in a headline so I can siphon some of those precious web hits – our Michigan beat writer, Mark Snyder, has the Internet clout right now of a Kate Upton. There were some nauseating moments in the past few days, though, and I'm not talking about the hire itself – the obvious No. 1 choice for U-M – or anything Harbaugh said. I'm talking about some things I heard and read from the national perspective on what it means.
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Football detroitnews.com —  MSU can break a Big Ten record with a fifth consecutive bowl next season. Other programs have exceeded this feat. Alabama won six straight bowls from 1975 to 1980. The Crimson Tide would have won 11 straight except having lost the 1982 Cotton Bowl to Texas 14-12. USC won six straight bowls during the same span, which included four Rose Bowls.
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Football freep.com —  The godfather of the Hawaiian pipeline that brought us Marcus Mariota and his football wonders had a great New Year's Day. Bob Apisa, age 69, sat in front of a big TV at home in Granada Hills on Thursday, surrounded by family — even grandchildren — and watched in wonder as his school and his legacy had an unforgettable day. His school, Michigan State, won, beating Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.
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Football freep.com —  Joe Rexrode looks at each position going into the next Spartans season
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State two-way starter Tony Lippett was too busy trying to keep up with the Baylor receivers to keep up with his snap count in Thursday's Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. "I probably played like 35 to 40 on defense, and the same on offense,'' Lippett said. "I couldn't keep up with it.''
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Football post-gazette.com —  Steelers running back and team MVP Le’Veon Bell has been ruled out of Saturday’s AFC wild-card game against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the starting duties in the hands of an undrafted rookie free agent who has never started an NFL game. Bell, who rushed for 1,361 yards in his second NFL season, hyperextended his right knee against the Bengals in the regular-season finale. He did not practice all week.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi are both known for many things: leadership, football expertise, loyalty and toughness, among them. Both men, however, displayed an emotional side not often seen after the Spartans' stirring 42-41 win over Baylor, sharing a teary-eyed embrace after coaching their final game together.
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Football statenews.com —  MSU came back to win the Cotton Bowl 42-41, and it was revealed after the game that there was tension between the two sides before kickoff. Both head coaches spoke of respect all week, and then Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman talked about getting after junior quarterback Connor Cook and his lack of interest in Big Ten football.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  You can all admit it. When LaQuan McGowan caught an 18-yard TD pass from Bryce Petty to put Baylor up 20 points on Michigan State late in the third quarter, thoughts to what such a lopsided loss, coupled with defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi's move to become the head man at Pittsburgh, would do to the program entering 2015.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's Cotton Bowl comeback victory over Baylor is arguably the most exciting bowl win in school history, as it ranks as the biggest overcome deficit. The Spartans (11-2) rallied for a 42-41 victory over the Big 12 co-champion Bears (11-2) after trailing 41-21 entering the fourth quarter. It was an A+ of a victory, even if some of the position groups didn't enjoy their finest days.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State junior cornerback Trae Waynes has told the Kenosha (Wis.) News -- his hometown newspaper -- that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.
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Football mlive.com —  - Baylor's quick-strike offense had its way throughout most of the Cotton Bowl, and leading 41-35, all the Bears needed to ice the game with 1:15 remaining was a field goal. And they were lining up for that kick. "It was pure and simple, we got to have a block,'' Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said he told his team in the huddle before the pivotal play. "We've got to get pressure, and we've got to get a block.''
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Football lansingstatejournal.com —  Graham Couch and Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal are joined by Joe Rexrode and Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press break down MSU's 42-41 comeback over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.
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