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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…

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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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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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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The Pact – #46 – 9/1/14

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.

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Spartans Make Statement against Gamecocks

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.

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Spartans Win First Game of the Season 45-7

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.

After an offensive surge in the first half, MSU was off to a slow start in the second half. Tyler O’Connor took the field for the opening drive of the third quarter, which lead to a punt.

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Spartans Lead Gamecocks 38-0 at Halftime

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.

Tony Lippett exploded for two touchdown s huge touchdown receptions from Cook, one for 64 yards and the other for 71. Nick Hill added two touchdown runs of his own.

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.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Penn State (Nov. 29)

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Over 15,000 Fans with High Hopes Gather for Meet the Spartans

For the 12th time, Spartan Stadium opened its doors to fans for a meet and greet with Michigan State’s football team. Fans got an opportunity to tour the facilities, enjoy food and, if they wanted to wait in the long lines, meet the players.

Coaches and players signed autographs and took pictures with thousands of fans for just over two and half hours.

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Spartan Red Zone – #16 – 7/26/14

Hosts Dan Tyler and Andre Sims welcome junior cornerback Trae Waynes to the studio for the latest episode of Spartan Red Zone.

Waynes discusses offseason workouts and preparation, the new members of the “No Fly Zone,” as well as filling in for Darqueze Dennard.

Give the episode a listen to hear about those topics and more.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Nebraska (Oct. 4)

The Spartans will open Big Ten play with a night game at home against Nebraska. In 2013, MSU went on an unprecedented 9-0 in conference play. The 2014 season will prove difficult, if not impossible for Michigan State to remain undefeated in the Big Ten — having to open up against Nebraska, play Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back games, and traveling to Maryland and Penn State.

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Position Group Breakdown: Defensive Line

Over the last month, Impact Sports has given a preseason look at the Spartans’ safety, cornerback and linebacker units.

Now the attention turns to the defensive line, which is a group that is expected to be amongst the best in the nation.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Eastern Michigan (Sept. 20) and Wyoming (Sept. 27)

The Spartans face off against Eastern Michigan after a bye week and will then take on Wyoming during homecoming week. These games will wrap up the non-conference season for MSU, as Mark Dantonio hopes to earn two victories while the team builds up momentum heading into the Big Ten season.

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