Defense the Biggest Question for MSU Soccer

Just like that the No. 10 Spartans’ 10-day preseason is over and they begin their regular season journey on Friday at home against Southern Methodist University.

Over these past ten days, Michigan State has had two exhibition games that have tested the new look team and the Spartans have responded well. Read More…

Way-Too-Early Predictions: Maryland & Rutgers (Nov. 15 & Nov. 22)

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”.

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Cross Country to Run against Oregon Same Weekend as Football

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans’ Sept. 6 football matchup against the No. 3 Oregon Ducks has received plenty of hype over the past summer, but another MSU team will also be making the trip out to the University of Oregon.

On Friday Sept. 5, the Spartan runners will find themselves on Pre’s Trail (named after famed Oregon runner Steve Prefontaine) for the Bill Dellinger Invitational, running against some of the top runners on the west coast.

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Walk the Line: Football 2014 Kickoff Show – 8/22/14

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…

Way-Too-Early Predictions: Ohio State (Nov. 8)

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.

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Tigers Gain Momentum in Tampa, Look to Get Hot

On Tuesday morning of August 19, the Detroit Tigers were the hottest topic in baseball for all the wrong reasons.

The team that had just acquired the best pitcher available at the trade deadline, David Price. Before the move,the Tigers were already pegged as one of the favorites to win it all, but were reeling worse than almost any team in baseball.

Losers of nine of their previous 14 games, Detroit looked to stop the bleeding and attempt to start gaining ground on the division-leading Kansas City Royals, who at the time, were winners of 12 of their last 14 games during the same span.

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What Braxton Miller’s Injury Means for the Spartans

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.

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Top MSU Women’s Basketball Players of All Time: No. 7

Kristin Rasmussen comes in at No. 7 in the countdown of all-time Spartan women’s basketball greats due to her hustle, leadership and versatile playing ability.

Rasmussen was a huge asset to the Spartans in her three-year career at Michigan State, spanning from 1996-1999, showing leadership and boasting an impressive resume of stats on the court. The forward from Okemos High School is one of only three players in the history of Spartan women’s basketball to be named a co-captain for three consecutive years.

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Top MSU Hockey Player of All Time

The Spartans have had a great history in men’s college hockey. With their fair share of conference, regular season and tournament titles, three NCAA National Championships and two Hobey Baker award winners, the Spartans have some great accomplishments under their belt. None of those accomplishments would have been possible if it were not for the hard work and dedication put in by countless MSU hockey players over the years.

Over the next five weeks, Behind the Mask will be releasing each of our top five greatest Spartan hockey players of all time. Starting with No. 5 and working all the way up to No. 1. Each of us giving our own reasons on why each player deserves to be there.

Who will claim the top spot on the countdown?

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Position Group Breakdown: Wide Receivers & Tight Ends

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.

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Lady Spartans Can Compete in Big Ten, Consistency is the Key

Coming into the 2014 season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team have some kinks that need to be fixed, but signs of improvement were seen in their exhibition game against the University of Virginia.

In 2013, the Spartans played 19 games. In four of those games, the team failed to score a goal. They also gave up the first goal 11 times and in those 11 games, Michigan State was 1-8-2.

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Athlete of the Week: Natalie Prisciandaro

For this week’s Athlete of the Week installment, Impact Sports sat down with Natalie Prisciandaro, forward for MSU’s D-I women’s ice hockey team. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native is a junior majoring in nursing.

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A Look at Michigan’s Open Scrimmage

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.

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The Pact – #44 – 8/18/14

The Tigers have fallen out of first place, the Royals are hot, and with 40 games remaining Detroit is beginning to freak out. Should Tigers fans be worried? Is this the most underachieving Detroit team ever? What is wrong at Comerica?

The Lions traveled to Oakland, Calf. this past week and lost a last-second preseason game to the Raiders. Can we take anything from this loss? Is the third preseason game the only one that matters?

With the official news that Notre Dame has removed four likely starters from its football team in the midst of an investigation into academic fraud, what does this mean for head coach Brian Kelly and what does it mean for the Spartans?

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Michigan (Oct. 25)

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.

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Opinion: Frontcourt Follies

Spartan basketball took a hit when it was announced that sharp-shooting sophomore Kenny Kaminski was being dismissed from the team on August 4. Kaminski tweeted on August 2 that he was transferring from MSU and was unsure of where he was headed.

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Position Group Breakdown: Offensive Line

With the Spartans’ first game against Jacksonville State looming less than three weeks away, Impact Sports takes a preseason look at the 2014 offensive line unit.

In case you missed it, here are the breakdowns of the safety, cornerback, linebacker and defensive line units.

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Walk the Line: Defending the line w/ Dan Krier – 8/15/14

This podcast is meant to be an enjoyable and educational argument explaining the merits of discussing sports betting lines and point spreads amongst sports fan, as well as in the mainstream sports media.

Bottom line: it makes things more fun, and the harm (here in the year 2014) is minimal. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #17 – 8/15/14

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.

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