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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.

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Cowboys No Match for No. 9 Spartans

Michigan State moved to 3-0 at Spartan Stadium with their 56-14 homecoming victory over Wyoming.

Jeremy Langford had his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, the ninth of his career, finishing with sixteen carries, 137 yards and one touchdown. Connor Cook completed eight of  12 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns alongside one rushing touchdown of his own.

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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…

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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Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 2; NFL Wk 1 – 9/4/14

Double time for football lines!

Walk the Line kicks into full swing for the 2014 football season with Brooks Laimbeer and Dan Krier talking NCAA football spreads before Ryan Smith steps in to bring the best NFL expertise in the land. Believe it.

Dan and Brooks discuss the epic Michigan State (+12) matchup at Oregon this Saturday where the Spartans have more than a point spread to face heading into the College Football Playoff.

At the 27 minute mark, Ryan Smith stops by to get everyone ready for NFL 2014. Yes, it’s here.

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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 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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Inside the Huddle: MSU Football – Connor Cook

Ever wonder what an athlete is thinking before he or she makes a highlight play? Inside the Huddle gives inside access.

Andre Sims hosts the first episode of a miniseries that takes viewers inside the minds of athletes before making game-changing plays.

Sims starts by visiting MSU football quarterback Connor Cook in the film room, as he explains what was going through his mind during spectacular Rose Bowl plays and regular-season Big Ten games.

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Position Group Breakdown: Quarterbacks & Running Backs

With the college football season finally here, it is time for Impact Sports to breakdown the backfield of the Spartan’s offense.

This is the last installment of the summer position group breakdown series.

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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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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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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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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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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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Way-Too-Early Prediction: Oregon (Sept. 6)

In what is arguably the biggest non-conference game in Michigan State football history, the Spartans will travel across the country to face Oregon in a game between two top 10 teams that has playoff implications.

A victory in a game of this magnitude and national exposure could solidify MSU as an elite football program. The Spartans open as a 13-point underdog.

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Way-Too-Early Predictions: Jacksonville State (Aug. 29)

Michigan State is coming into the 2014 season as the defending Big Ten Champions with a 10-game winning streak. They have not lost at home since November 2012. With a win in the 100th Rose Bowl and a preseason ranking in the top 10, the ceiling for MSU football is a National Championship, but where is the floor?

If the Spartans lose their first game, it will be the biggest disaster a Big Ten team has experienced in non-conference play since No. 5 Michigan lost to unranked Appalachian State in 2007.

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