Football is finally here and The Pact kicks off the season with an entire hour dedicated to only MSU and Lions football.
After the Spartans’ 45-7 “statement” against Jacksonville State, the panel debates what they saw on the field, if it surprised them, what positions surprised them, which disappointed them and what should be the concern headed into Eugene, Ore., to face the No. 3 Ducks.
In the second half of the show, The Pact welcomes local Detroit Lions historian and The Game 730AM’s The Drive with Jack Ebling producer, Doug Warren, to discuss Week 1 for the Lions, the recent cuts to trim the roster down to 53 and if the demoralized Lions fans have any hope for the Playoffs.
It has been nearly eight months since Kyler Elsworth made the stop on fourth-and-one. Since Andrew Maxwell, after losing the starting quarterback position, came out to take the final kneel down for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
Friday night, the Spartans finally got to play again.
“First off, I thought we made a statement,” head coach Mark Dantonio said to the press after Michigan State’s 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.
The long anticipated season opener kicked off, for the third straight year, on a Friday night. The Gamecocks of Jacksonville State arrived at Spartan Stadium with their band, and small cohort of supporters.
Connor Cook completed his first nine passes for 257 yards and 3 TDs for MSU in the first half of the season opener, as the Spartans marched to a 38-0 lead at the half.
What first was a shaky start for the Spartan defense turned into a big scare for the Spartan offense. After kicking the ball off to start the game, the Gamecocks nearly caught the MSU secondary sleeping.
By now, you have probably heard all the hype about the biggest game of the season. Michigan State will have to travel across the country to Eugene, Ore. to prove themselves against an elite, non-conference opponent early in the season.
But wait, there is actually a game before that?
So what is Jacksonville State all about?
Ever wonder what an athlete is thinking before he or she makes a highlight play? Inside the Huddle gives inside access.
Andre Sims hosts the first episode of a miniseries that takes viewers inside the minds of athletes before making game-changing plays.
Sims starts by visiting MSU football quarterback Connor Cook in the film room, as he explains what was going through his mind during spectacular Rose Bowl plays and regular-season Big Ten games.
Brooks Laimbeer joins Dan Krier this week on Walk the Line to discuss the official start to the 2014 NCAA football season. It’s time to talk point spreads and over/unders!
Michigan State’s first game is Friday against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in a matchup that has no official line. Do you think that will stop Dan from putting MSU -27.5? The question is, will they cover? Dan and Brooks break down the most relevant stats to predict their final scores. Read More…
With the college football season finally here, it is time for Impact Sports to breakdown the backfield of the Spartan’s offense.
This is the last installment of the summer position group breakdown series.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio addressed the media in his first weekly press conference of the season late Tuesday morning. The topic of conversation was Friday’s game against Jacksonville State, as well as the new facilities at Spartan Stadium.
It was the first press conference in the new media center located in the north end zone expansion.
Happy Valley will be the last stop for the Spartans, and it may be the most important stop. Michigan State football will reignite their rivalry with Penn State to wrap up the 2014 season.
The last time the Nittany Lions and the Spartans faced off in 2010, Michigan State won, clinching their first Big Ten championship in nearly two decades.
Head coach Mark Dantonio will hope to clinch a Big Ten East Division championship with a win in State College, Pa. during rivalry week.
The Big Ten as we once knew it is no more.
After the addition of Nebraska in 2011, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was excited to introduce two divisions of the conference, the Legends and the Leaders, as well as a conference championship game at the end of the season between the teams with the best records out of each division.
Now the Big Ten is heading east with the divisions now being dubbed simply “East” and “West”.
Ryan Smith & Dan Krier usher in the 2014 football season with a Walk the Line discussion previewing the upcoming NCAA football campaign that will culminate in the first-ever championship playoff. What will it take for the Michigan State Spartans to earn a spot in the new Final Four?
Ryan and Dan also talk about the merits of point spreads and give their thoughts on Johnny Manziel’s presence in the NFL. It’s good to be back! Read More…
The Buckeyes had won 24 consecutive games under head coach Urban Meyer. They were the clear favorites to win the Big Ten Championship and head to Pasadena to play Florida State in the National Championship. However, the Spartans had other plans.
The Spartans upset Ohio State, and went on to win a Rose Bowl Championship, while the Buckeyes went on to lose to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Starting quarterback Braxton Miller was just recently sidelined for the season with a shoulder injury, so it is likely that redshirt freshman T.J. Barrett will try to seek revenge on Miller’s behalf at Spartan Stadium.
Shocking college football news came earlier this week as reports surfaced that Ohio State quarterback and Heisman contender Braxton Miller would miss the entire 2014 season after reinjuring his shoulder in a Monday practice.
The Buckeyes were supposed to be Big Ten favorites this season, but losing their signal caller and leader certainly changes things.
Moving forward with Impact Sports’ summer position group breakdown series, it is time to focus on one of the most improved units from last season – the receivers.
A group that was known for dropping passes in 2012 became a deep and reliable group of players in 2013.
Despite coach Dantonio’s consistent remarks on the importance of each and every game this season, Spartan fans are always interested in the status of their rivals from Ann Arbor.
On Saturday night, the Wolverines opened up the gates of the Big House for the fans to watch an 8 p.m. open scrimmage.
This is supposed to be the year where Michigan turns their program around. With the exception of 2012, the Spartans have done well in handling their in-state rival over the past half-decade. The Wolverines have not scored a touchdown against the Spartans since 2011. In 2012, Michigan was able to narrowly defeat the Spartans in Ann Arbor 12-10, surviving off four field goals.
Host Dan Tyler welcomes Impact Sports’ football beat writer and host of Secret Society, Bradley Allen, to the studio for the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone.
Tyler and Allen discuss both the Big Ten and Michigan State media day as well as the lofty expectations for the upcoming season.