Men’s Sports

Dantonio Talks Depth Chart Changes

Head coach Mark Dantonio was all smiles at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, and it’s no wonder why.

After a Week 2 loss to Oregon followed by a bye week, Dantonio had an extra week to preach to his players and the media that Saturday’s matchup with Eastern Michigan was a chance to “make a statement”.

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The Pact – #49 – 9/22/14

Locally, it has been a successful weekend for the state of Michigan overall as Michigan State football dominated, the Detroit Lions finally found a way past the division foe Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Tigers looked headed to the playoffs with the return of a top pitcher.

After Saturday’s 73-14 victory for Michigan State football over Eastern Michigan, the panel looks to find the negatives in the Spartans’ dominating performance and if the offense or defense impressed them more?

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Who Will be the Next Big Ten Hockey School?

It is a question that has surrounded fans for the past few years: “Will the Big Ten hockey conference ever expand, and who will step up?”

Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves re-ignited the conversation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. In the interview, Eaves expressed his desire to see the six-team conference grow in the near future, and listed Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern as potential additions.

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New Faces for Spartans Help Finish Out Blowout Against EMU

Sixty-three players played in the first half. Seven freshmen defenders played at one time.

The No. 11 ranked Spartans bounced back after their a bye week following loss in Eugene with a 73-14 dominating performance against Eastern Michigan. Connor Cook, who only attempted six passes, ended up with 83 yards and two touchdowns.  He also had a rushing touchdown of his own. Cook sat out the majority of the second quarter and the entire second half while MSU maintained a comfortable lead. Read More…

Spartans Dominate Eagles, Win Convincingly

After an explosive offensive performance in the first half, Michigan State held on to their large lead, winning 73-14 against Eastern Michigan. The Spartan defense forced five turnovers while the offense ended up with 496 yards of total offense. Read More…

Offense Explosive Against EMU, Lead 49-0 at Half

It was a busy, first half 30 minutes for the Spartan offense, as they scored on nearly every possession against Eastern Michigan.

With a 49-0 score at halftime, touchdowns came from Connor Cook, Jeremy Langford, Delton Williams and R.J. Shelton on the ground.Tony Lippett had two receiving touchdowns and Tyler O’Connor hooked up with A.J. Troup on a a 21-yard touchdown pass as well. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 4; NFL Wk 3 – 9/19/14

Time for Michigan State to wreck a couple people. The Spartans head into Saturday as 45.5-point favorites vs. the Eagles of EMU from Ypsilanti. Yes, that’s a lot.

Brooks Laimbeer & Dan Krier discuss this week’s NCAA football top games, wondering if Jameis Winston’s unnecessary public display of deviance will cause FSU to let Clemson stay close. Ryan Smith drops in at the 16min mark to talk NFL Week 3 lines, allowing Dan & Ryan to vent about poor coaching that makes point spreads seem arbitrary. Can someone in charge please act like you deserve it? Thanks! Read More…

The Big Ten Needs to Stick Together

The Spartans’ loss to the University of Oregon Ducks was a tough one to say the least. It got plenty of national attention, with many asking “Can a strong defense hold up against such a strong and innovative offense?”

After responding to an early deficit, and ending the half up 24-18, Spartan fans thought it was their time to show the nation what great defense can do. However, after the half, Michigan State could not respond to Oregon’s offense. Read More…

Athlete of the Week: Eke Ofili

This week’s Athlete of the Week is Eke Ofili. A native of Asaba, Nigeria, Ofili is in his senior year as a Kinesiology major at Michigan State. He has just began his fifth year as a forward for the men’s club soccer team.

Earlier this month, Ofili became the all-time leader in points for MSU Club Soccer with 60 in his career.  He is currently second all-time in goals scored with 24. Ofili won a NIRSA NCCS National Championship with the men’s club soccer team in 2012. Read More…

MSU to face EMU Ready to Play and Ready to Win

Two weeks after suffering a loss at Oregon, Michigan State football will hit the field in an in-state matchup against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University.

In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio emphasized that the key goal is to win the game, as well as to live up to expectations.

In preparation for the game against Eastern, Dantonio noted that MSU’s opponent in this game will not roll over despite being huge underdogs.

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Chapman Gives Spartans Third Win of the Season

After a game full of turnovers against the Valparaiso University Crusaders on Thursday, the Spartans regained composure and their shutout streak against the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, 1-0 Sunday.

Right from the sound of the opening whistle, Michigan State began relentless pressure on Loyola’s defense.

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Cross Country Competes at Spartan Invite

Cross country is not a sport where each play can be planned out. The coach gets one shot to discuss the race plan, and from there it is all up to the athletes who rely on each other more than anything.

After a fast and intense race last week in Oregon, the Michigan State cross country team went in with a much different plan for the Spartan Invite on Friday, Sept. 12.

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Crusaders Hand Spartans First Loss of Season

In a physical and offensive battle that saw a combined 32 shots from both teams, Valparaiso University edged out No. 7 Michigan State, 1-0 in a close game.

From the start of the whistle, the Spartans and Crusaders battled it out for the first 18 minutes of the game until senior forward, Adam Montague, collided with Valpo goalkeeper, Nico Campbell, on a 50-50 ball inside the Crusaders’ six-yard box.

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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 3; NFL Wk 2 – 9/11/14

Brooks Laimbeer joins Dan Krier to discuss this week’s NCAA football point spreads and last week’s tough Michigan State/Oregon game in Eugene. The Spartans played valiantly in a hostile environment and came up short, but the season isn’t buried by any stretch.

At the 23min mark, Ryan Smith stops by to talk NFL Week 2 lines with Dan, where the Detroit Lions have a chance to get to 2-0 on the season in a road test at Carolina. Always tough to be right early in the season, but it’s a fun time every week on Walk the Line! Read More…

Athlete of the Week: Jason Bull

Jason Bull is in his second year as a member of the MSU Underwater Hockey Club. Currently, Jason serves as the vice president of the club and is a senior majoring in computer science.

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Spartan Red Zone – #19 – 9/9/14

On the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone, hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims break down MSU’s Saturday loss to the No. 3 Oregon Ducks.

Despite the Ducks winning by 19 points, Sims and Tyler both agree that the game was much closer than the score would indicate, and there are good things to take from the game.

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Women Win Oregon’s Bill Dillinger Invite, Men Finish Second

The Michigan State cross country team started their season like they never had before, in Eugene, Ore.

Battling not only a nationally ranked team but also 90-degree temperatures, the Spartans found themselves up for the challenge.

The women took home first place in the five-team portion of the 6K event with top three individual finishers, while the men placed second behind Oregon in the 8K race.

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No. 3 Oregon Defeats No. 7 MSU in Eugene

Connor Cook and the Spartan offense responded to an early deficit against the Oregon Ducks’ high-speed offense. But they were only able to score three points in the second half, and ultimately fell short, losing 46-27.

Marcus Mariota led the Ducks on their first scoring drive after a Cook interception, with running back Thomas Tyner scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.

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Know Your Enemy: Oregon

The wait is finally over.

Michigan State football traveled to the Pacific coast on Thursday for the first time since their Rose Bowl win in January. Tomorrow, the Spartans will be set to play in the biggest non-conference game in recent memory, but who exactly will they be playing?

Try not to be blinded by their bright, flashy jerseys.

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