Michigan State's season hasn't played out the way the Spartans, or any of their opponents, expected.
The last reminder of this not-so-awesome autumn will occur Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium, where already-bowl-eligible Minnesota will greet them.
Yes, one of the conference's two worst teams of the last two years reached six wins two weeks ago, while one of the Big Ten's best two squads over the last two seasons arrived at the final game on the schedule still unsure whether there'll be another one.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, for his part, sounded sure. He issued the victory guarantee that college football coaches so rarely utter in this hyper-competitive, heavily scrutinized environment.
''The glass is half full. It's not half empty,'' Dantonio said, in response to a reporter's question about moral support he's received from basketball coach Tom Izzo. ''When we win Saturday - I'll say `when' - we'll be a 6-6 football team. We're not climbing out of the cellar 2-10. I think every...