Men’s Football

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Bowls & NFL Wk 15 – 12/13/14

It’s the final Walk the Line of 2014. What a great year this was!

Now it’s on to the 2015 Cotton Bowl for the Michigan State Spartans football team, who will head to Dallas for a New Year’s Day matchup against the 3-point favorite Baylor Bears. Will it be a fourth-consecutive bowl victory for Mark Dantonio?

Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer break down the best bowls, including the playoff pairings of the Rose Bowl (Oregon -9.5) & Sugar Bowl (Alabama -10), and NFL Week 15 (Detroit -8 vs. the Minnesota Vikings). Read More…

Michigan State: Out

College Football Playoff:
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State

As expected, MIchigan State’s 10-2 record and second place finish in the Big Ten East was not enough to secure them a spot in the elusive College Football Playoff. MSU’s only two losses came to Oregon and Ohio State, both of which were selected into the “Football Four”. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 15 & NFL Wk 14 – 12/5/14

Now that the Michigan State Spartans football team has finished the 2014 regular season with a commendable 10-2 record, Dantonio & Co. must sit at home and wonder “what if” as a depleted Ohio State squares off with Wisconsin (-4) at the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Is a spot in the College Football Playoff still a possibility for Sparty?

Other games this week include the SEC Championship (Alabama -14.5), the ACC Championship (FSU -4.5), and the Pac-12 Championship (Oregon -14.5). Plus there are a couple great NFL games to talk about, like Seattle @ Philly and New England @ San Diego.

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Defense, Special Teams Pace Spartans to 34-10 Victory in Happy Valley

Things got off to a quick start for Michigan State Saturday afternoon, as RJ Shelton returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.

Michael Geiger added two field goals, one from 36 and the other from 39 yards out, in the first quarter as the Spartans raced out to a 13-0 lead. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 14 & NFL Wk 13 – 11/28/14

One more regular-season game for the Michigan State Spartans football team as they head into Happy Valley as 13-point favorites over Penn State on Saturday afternoon. A win by any means takes Dantonio’s squad to a praiseworthy 10-2, but can the crew cover the spread and establish their right to a Selection Committee Bowl for this holiday season? Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl…whatever man.

Otherwise this Saturday, there are only like 100 other games that are worth watching. Rivalry week for NCAA football. It’s on! So great!

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Dantonio Addresses Penn State Game, Reaching Season Goals

In his last weekly presser of the regular season, MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio called the upcoming Michigan State football game at Penn State a “program game.”

The Spartans have not played against the Nittany Lions since the conference first realigned and added the championship game. Now that the Big Ten has been reformatted again, MSU and PSU will play every year once again for the Land Grant Trophy. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – Tony Lippett – 11/25/14

Spartan Red Zone is back again to talk with wide receiver Tony Lippett.  Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims, along with MSU football beat writer Bradley Allen, talk with Lippett about his experience playing offense and defense in last week’s win against Rutgers.

The four also speculate which bowl game the Spartans may be in, and talk about the various perks that come with getting a bid to a top-tier bowl game. Read More…

Seniors Show Out in 45-3 Win Versus Rutgers

Nothing but pressure and expectations has been placed on this year’s Michigan State football senior class. After last season’s Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships, the Spartans failed to live up to the unfair hype assigned to them in 2014.

Although there was no big stage or trophy to be played for, in their last game together at Spartan Stadium, the seniors stole the show in a dominating 45-3 win against Rutgers. Read More…

Spartans Routing Rutgers on Senior Day: 35-0 at Halftime

On a wet cold afternoon, the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans started strong in their last home game of the season against Rutgers.  At halftime, MSU leads  Rutgers 28-0.

The first four Spartan touchdowns came from seniors – a 30-yard pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett, a pair of rushing touchdowns from Jeremy Langford, and a 1-yard touchdown run by Nick Hill.  In the final thirty seconds of the half, Connor Cook found R.J. Shelton in the end zone for the fifth Michigan State score of the half. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 13 & NFL Wk 12 – 11/21/14

After grinding out a win at Maryland (and covering the -12) last Saturday night, the Michigan State Spartans football team returns to East Lansing for their final home game of the season, favored by 22 points against Rutgers.

Do the Spartans have enough motivation to blow out the Scarlet Knights, or will this be a rainy noon kickoff game that sees Rutgers keeping it too close for comfort? Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer look at this week’s games (including the Lions +7 @ New England) and discuss the probable NCAA Football Championship Final Four.

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Spartan Red Zone – #28 – Eat the Frog

The guys are tired after a long weekend out in Maryland, but Dan Tyler, Bradley Allen and Andre Sims give you another episode of Spartan Red Zone! The three talk about their experience in Maryland last Saturday on and off the field.

Closing credit song of the week is Spartan football locker room favorite “Rather Be”! Read More…

Spartan Football Bounces Back at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Special teams and defense were key in No. 12 Michigan State’s road to a 37-15 victory over Maryland.

A rarity for this season, Connor Cook was unable to find the end zone for the entire game.  Cook had sixteen consecutive games with a touchdown pass until Saturday. Michael Geiger picked up the slack for Michigan State’s offense, making three out of four field goal attempts, all in the first half. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #27 – 11/14/14

COLLEGE PARK, MD. — Impact Sports has taken over Maryland! Spartan Red Zone host Dan Tyler and beat writer Bradley Allen recorded this week’s podcast live from the Day’s Inn College Park. Impact Izzone hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling also made the trip from East Lansing to Maryland for an MSU sports-filled weekend.

While Hayes and Froling attend the Veterans Classic to cover Michigan State versus Navy in Annapolis, MD., the Spartan Red Zone hosts discuss the Spartans’ loss to Ohio State last week and preview tomorrow’s game at Maryland. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 12 & NFL Wk 11 – 11/14/14

There’s no looking back now; only forward to what needs to be done next.

After suffering a devastating and deflating home loss to the underdog Ohio St. Buckeyes last week here in East Lansing, the Michigan State Spartans football team must regroup and get the season back on track as they travel to Maryland as 12-point favorites for a night game against the Big Ten newcomer Terrapins.

Some great games in both college (like Miss St. +8 @ Alabama) and pro (Detroit Lions +2 @ Arizona) on the menu for this week’s show… Read More…

Spartans Look to Gain from Loss, Move on to Maryland

There’s no shame in being 7-2 and No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll. Certainly Mark Dantonio would rather be 9-0, ranked No. 1 in all of the polls and be looking to continue perfection, but for Michigan State in 2014, that just is not the case.

“I don’t want anybody to feel bad for us,” Dantonio said in his press conference on Tuesday. “We’re still in the top 20.” Read More…

Spartan Defense Can’t Contain Buckeyes

The first half was a shootout, but the Buckeyes’ offense was too much for the Spartans as they went on to win on the road in East Lansing 49-37.

MSU looked as if they were taking control of the game, as Jeremy Langford ran in a touchdown to give Michigan State a 28-14 lead.  The play was called back, however, on a holding penalty by center Jack Allen. Michael Geiger then missed a field goal, and on the next play from scrimmage J.T. Barrett found MIke Thomas for a 79-yard touchdown. Read More…

No. 7 Michigan State Falls to No. 13 Ohio State

Big plays by J.T. Barrett and Ezekiel Elliott were too much for Michigan State’s defense as the Spartans lose to the Buckeyes 49-37.

After heading into halftime trailing by one touchdown, MSU was only able to tack on three points via Michael Geiger field goal in the third quarter. Ezekiel Elliott added a touchdown run late in the third quarter giving OSU a 10-point lead. Read More…

HALFTIME: OSU 28 MSU 21 in Offensive Shootout

At the end of the first half, Michigan State trails The Ohio State 21 to 28.  Connor Cook hooked up with Keith Mumphery on the first drive of the game for a 15-yard touchdown.  The Buckeyes responded with two big plays by RB Ezekiel Elliott, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run by J.T. Barret. Barrett added another rushing touchdown after Jeremy Langford scored the second TD for MSU on a 33-yard run.  Langford had 94 rushing yards in the first half.

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Spartan Red Zone – #26 – 11/8/14

On this Impact Gameday version of Spartan Red Zone, hosts Dan Tyler and Bradley Allen break down what has been a wild week leading up to the Spartans’ primetime matchup with Ohio State.

Dan and Brad got a chance to talk with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and Desmond Howard on Friday about Spartan Nation and the perceived SEC bias in the media. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 11 & NFL Wk 10 – 11/7/14

Now the real season starts! With the Michigan State Spartans football team staring up at both TCU and Kansas State in the most recent NCAA College Football Playoff Poll, it’s going to take a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday and a cover of the -3.5 to leave a lasting impression on the selection committee.

In a rematch of last year’s Big Ten Championship game, MSU is in need of a convincing victory over Urban Meyer for the second straight season. Other great games Saturday include Notre Dame +2.5 @ Arizona St. and a death match between the aforementioned TCU, who sits at -6 versus K-State.

Check out the top-tier menu for this this week’s show… Read More…

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