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Freep Column: Michigan State Defense not a concern going into Big Ten play

Here is this week’s freep column. The Mark Dantonio empire at Michigan State was built on establishing a stellar defense. Dantonio, a former defensive coordinator, has always maintained that the Spartans’ key to championships was through defense. In his quest for the best defense he could find, Dantonio teamed up with mastermind Pat Narduzzi to create a monster that eventually...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Football: Spartans care of Wyoming on Homecoming

The Michigan State football team closed out their non-conference schedule win another convincing win, beating Wyoming 56-14 on Homecoming Saturday in East Lansing. For the second straight week the Michigan State rushing attack piled up the yards and wore down their opponent. MSU rushed for 338 yards and saw five different players find the end zone on the ground. The Spartan ground...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dantonio Wants Playoff Restricted to Conference Champs (Because the Big Ten Sucks)

ESPN - Michigan State's path to a spot in the initial College Football Playoff will need to go through the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis, and that's the way coach Mark Dantonio thinks it should be.Dantonio said he doesn't think teams should be able to duck top competition in a conference championship setting and qualify for one of the four playoff spots....
Via Double Coverage Football
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State football to face talented Wyoming RB tandem

After a non-conference schedule full of up-tempo and fast paced offenses, the No. 9 Michigan State Spartans (2-1) will finally get a look at something that resembles… well, themselves. The Wyoming Cowboys (3-1) will come to East Lansing on Saturday, riding high after coming away with a one point victory against Florida Atlantic last weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m....
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State football: Big Ten championship still the goal

Though we are only entering week five of the college football season, the national media and everyone involved in the college football world has already found a way to beat the topic of the new college football playoff to death. While teams have only finished up a third of their season, each week features more and more talk about which teams are in and which teams are out for the...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Big Ten ever be an 'elite' football conference again?

There used to be a time when a smash-mouth style of football was the only way to play the game. The outcome of a game was usually determined by what happened at the line of scrimmage, “the battle in the trenches” it used to be called. Good college football teams could run the ball down the defense’s throat. Elite programs could run it down the throat of any opponent. Speed...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan State’s Dantonio: “We’d have been National Champions”

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio believes the same as many of Spartan Nation do. He believes that had the NCAA implemented a playoff system prior to the 2013 season, that Michigan State would have come out on top as the National Champions. Here is what he had to say at the Big Ten Media Days session on Tuesday: “Do I ever think about that? Yeah, I’ve thought about...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Reigning Conference & Rose Bowl Champs may be feeling disrepescted (Video)

While many of the Big 10 members spoke favorably of their Conference’s chances of placing one of their own in the inaugural College Football Playoffs, it is the reigning Big 10 and Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State Spartans may be feeling a little disrespected headed into the 2014 season.  The Spartans are not favored to repeat as the Ohio State Buckeyes were chosen to take...
Via NCAA Football Zone
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Dantonio Thinks Michigan State Would Have Won Last Year’s National Championship If There Was A Playoff

For Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, the College Football Playoff is coming one year too late. According to the head coach of the Spartans, Michigan State would have won last year’s national championship if there was a playoff system in place, according to the Detroit News. While the Spartans did not get the chance to play for the national title, the team did win the 2013...
Via College Spun
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio’s “Michiganian Of The Year” Plaque

Mark Dantonio has had it pretty good over the last 12 months. The Michigan State coach led the Spartans to an 11-1 regular season, a Big Ten championship game victory against Ohio State, and a Rose Bowl win against Stanford.  Recently, Dantonio was named a “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News. Here’s a photo of the plaque he received:
Via College Spun
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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