Men’s Football

Opinion: An MSU Football Fan’s Reason to Worry

It’s finally here – Michigan Week.

Every season, there is one game labeled on the calendars for the Michigan State football team and its fans as a ‘must-win’ when the Spartans face in-state rival, University of Michigan.  This year, the game seems to be losing its luster because of the collapse of the Michigan football program. It is the ultimate role reversal.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 8 & NFL Wk 7 – 10/17/14

This year’s Michigan State Spartan football team is indisputably impressive, but are they destined to fail out of sheer boredom? The trend became reality last week with yet another 4th quarter filled with mental errors, causing MSU to yet again not cover the spread after holding a considerable lead.

Winning alone is not going to be good enough to get into the College Football Playoff. Teams need to win big and establish themselves as the best of the best. A relatively easy road test Saturday vs. the Indiana Hoosiers has MSU -15.5, and the Spartans better play 60 minutes of football at 100%.

Another fun weekend of football to look forward to! This week’s menu… Read More…

Dantonio Addresses Fourth Quarter Struggles

Fourth quarter woes have kept Michigan State’s perfect start to the Big Ten season seeming imperfect.

The Spartans stayed at the No. 8 spot in the AP Top 25 poll after a 45-38 win at Purdue last Saturday, in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Much like the previous week against Nebraska, MSU had a large lead turn into to a one-possession game and had to rely on a defensive stop in the final minutes to survive with a victory. Read More…

No. 8 Michigan State Avoids Fourth Quarter Collapse at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Exactly one week after a chaotic near collapse in East Lansing versus Nebraska, Michigan State avoided a shocking upset at the hands of Purdue.

Against Nebraska, it took an interception by Trae Waynes in the Cornhuskers’ final drive to seal the deal for MSU. A late interception, this time by Darien Harris, sealed the deal for MSU against Purdue. Harris returned the pick for six, making the final score 45-31 in favor of the Spartans. Read More…

Spartans Survive Scare at Ross-Ade Stadium

WEST LAFAYETTE – In what appeared to be a deja-vu of Michigan State’s near collapse against Nebraska, the MSU defense was forced to stop Purdue in the final minutes, holding on to a one-possession lead for dear life.

In the end, Darien Harris intercepted Austin Appleby, returning the pick for a 15-yard touchdown.  Michigan State held on to the lead, winning 45-31. Read More…

MSU Leads Purdue 24-17 at Halftime

WEST LAFAYETTE – Connor Cook has connected with six different receivers in the first half at Purdue, throwing for 179 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 8 Spartans lead the Boilermakers 24-17 at halftime. Tony Lippett leads the way for receivers with five receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown, while Josiah Price added a touchdown of his own. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #24 – 10/10/14

On this episode of Spartan Red Zone, host Dan Tyler is joined by beat reporter Bradley Allen again to talk more Spartan football following the victory against Nebraska and preview Saturday’s game in West Lafayette, Indiana against Purdue.

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Opinion: It’s on MSU

Sometime during Saturday’s game, probably during one of those extra long TV timeouts, you might have seen a PSA video on the big screens with a handful of celebrities repeating “It’s On Us.” Then President Obama appeared, a loud booing rang from the student section, and the video was over. You may have thought it was a campaign about environmental change, drunk driving or even the ebola virus.  It was not about any of those topics.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 7 & NFL Wk 6 – 10/10/14

The MSU football team survived Nebraska last week by the skin of their teeth, and now it’s on to West Lafayette, where the Spartans are favored by 21 points against the Purdue Boilermakers. There’s potential for trouble, so see if Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer think Michigan State can cover the spread.

Overall, this is a fantastic week of college football. The push to the Championship Playoff has truly begun. Here is this week’s menu of games… Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #23 – 10/8/14

On the latest edition of Spartan Red Zone, Dan Tyler, Andre Sims and Brad Allen discuss the Spartans’ Big Ten opening win over Nebraska.

Sims gives the scoop on how the team prepared for the game, as well as how the team reacted when the Huskers made it close in the fourth quarter.

Tyler gives students tips on how to stay at the game longer and each guy gives their thoughts on the poor showing at the student section. Read More…

Dantonio Moving Forward After Near Collapse Against Nebraska

The Spartans kicked off their Big Ten season last Saturday night with a primetime matchup against the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The first three quarters looked great for Michigan State, as they dominated in every facet of the game and held a 27-3 lead.  However, Nebraska clawed their way back in the 4th fourth quarter before finally going down 27-22. Read More…

Spartans Dodge Bullet Against No. 19 Nebraska

No. 10 Michigan State had several chances to put this one away early.  They had more chances to put it away late.  After failing to put the nail in the coffin, No. 19 Nebraska nearly stole an upset victory in East Lansing.

With 5:47 to go in the fourth quarter, the Spartans sat comfortably on defense with a 27-9 lead. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw a pass and safety Kurtis Drummond jumped in the air to get his hands on it – he had a clear path to the end zone. Read More…

Spartan Football Withstands Nebraska Comeback

The No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers nearly made a miraculous comeback to upset the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans, eventually falling short 27-22.

The Spartan defense was nearly perfect in the first half, but nearly gave up the Spartans’ big lead in the fourth quarter. Read More…

Defense Carries Spartans to Halftime Lead over Nebraska

Despite three turnovers, No. 10 Michigan State leads No. 19 Nebraska, 17-0, at halftime.

Connor Cook threw an interception on Michigan State’s first drive to Nebraska defensive end, Randy Gregory. In the second quarter, running back Jeremy Langford lost a fumble and wide receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. muffed a punt. Read More…

Spartans Continue New Rivalry with Nebraska Saturday

Michigan State is set to face Nebraska for the fourth time in four years tomorrow, and it will be Mark Dantonio’s fourth time facing Nebraska in his career.  Although it will only be their fourth meeting, Nebraska has quickly become a staple opponent for the Spartans in Big Ten play.

In his weekly news conference last Tuesday, Dantonio spoke about his experience playing Nebraska and their emergence as a new Big Ten rival. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014 written edition: NCAA Wk 6; NFL Wk 5 – 10/3/14

Hello, Walk the Line fans! Dan Krier here. Thanks to this cold/flu/whatever it is I’ve picked up, our Walk the Line podcast will be taking a week off while my voice recovers.

Nonetheless, Brooks Laimbeer and I wanted to give our picks for this week’s great games like Saturday night’s MSU (-6.5) vs Nebraska matchup here in East Lansing. Can the Spartans cover the spread in what’s sure to be cold and rainy conditions? Here we go… Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #22 – 10/3/14

Hosts Dan Tyler and Bradley Allen welcome Eric Bertrand, sports editor at the Daily Nebraskan, to the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone.

Bertrand gives a bit of insight on the Huskers team, who is currently 5-0 and ranked No. 19 in the nation. Read More…

Dantonio Talks “Program Game” vs Nebraska

No more cupcake games for the Spartans.

After scoring 73 points against Eastern Michigan, and 56 points against Wyoming in back-to-back weeks, the red-hot MSU offense will see their first conference action against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who are ranked no. 19 in the AP Poll, and no. 17 in the USA Today Poll. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #21 – 9/30/14

On the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone, Impact Sports’ MSU football beat writer Bradley Allen fills in for Dan Tyler, and he and Andre Sims chat about the homecoming blowout against Wyoming, and preview the upcoming Nebraska game.

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MSU Closes Non-Conferece Schedule with Big Win

Another explosive offensive performance by the Michigan State Spartans led to a 56-14 win in their homecoming game against Wyoming. The Spartans finished with 533 yards of total offense and zero turnovers in the convincing win.

Unfortunately for Michigan State, with Big Ten play beginning next week, the days of convincing wins might be over from now until the end of the season. Read More…

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