Michigan State enjoyed a dream season in 2013, finishing 13-1 with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.
Now, over two months removed from that season, the Spartans have began reaping the benefits. They wrapped up one of the best recruiting classes in the conference after National Signing Day.
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard had a breakout year in 2013. He was crowned the nation’s best defensive back after winning the Jim Thorpe Award and helped pace the Spartans’ defense to a top five national ranking.
Dennard’s individual success, along with the team’s on-field success, has allowed his NFL draft stock to skyrocket.
In recent years, Michigan State’s mantra behind recruiting has been doing more with less.
Players such as Le’Veon Bell and Darqueze Dennard, who were both two-star recruits coming out of high school, developed into nationally recognized names during their time in East Lansing.
Michigan State enjoyed their most successful football season of all-time in 2013, finishing 13-1 after defeating Stanford (11-2) in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.
Much of that success was due in part to one of the most dominant defense in the nation. The Spartans ended the season allowing just over 13 points per game along with an average of 86 yards rushing allowed per game.
Pact panelist Harry Jadun and Sports Editor of the Stanford Daily, Sam Fisher, join Spartan Red Zone host Dan Tyler to breakdown the 100th Rose Bowl game.
Michigan State released a statement early Thursday morning that senior captain and All-Big Ten middle linebacker Max Bullough will stay home as his team travels to Pasadena, due to a “violation of team rules”.
It has been six years since former Michigan running back Mike Hart called Michigan State their “little brothers,” and a lot has changed since then. Read More…
Couches are burning, and the Michigan State Spartans are returning to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 26 years.
Connor Cook struck quickly in the first half, throwing two touchdown passes as the Spartans took a 17-0 lead.
Then, the nation’s top defense let up 24 straight points. Read More…
Huge BCS Bowl implications are on the line as Legends Division champs Michigan State plays Leaders Division champs Ohio State. Read More…
After the craziness that was week 14 in college football, there is quite a bit of debate as to who should play in the BCS National Championship Game.
This weekend, most of the teams involved in the discussion are playing in their conference championship games. Read More…
Michigan State made the big plays when they needed them the most, holding on to beat Minnesota 14-3 to improve their record to 11-1 on the season, and a perfect 8-0 in Big Ten play.
The Spartans forced three turnovers on the day, including a fumble recovery on their 14-yard line in the fourth quarter, to hold the Gophers’ offense to only three points on the day. Read More…
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard has had a great season thus far, leading the Spartans’ top-ranked defense in interceptions (4), pass break-ups (7), and passes defended (11).
Those kind of stats were good enough to make Dennard a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, that is given each year to the nation’s top cornerback. Read More…
EVANSTON, Ill. — Connor Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards and Jeremy Langford added 150 rushing yards, as Michigan State clinched the outright Legends Division title against Northwestern on Saturday.
Michigan State is coming off a historic win against Nebraska last weekend. Before that win, they were 0-7 against the Cornhuskers dating back to 1914. They were the only Big Ten team Michigan State had never beaten, and they can check them off the list now.
Not only did they beat Nebraska for the first time, but they also clinched a share of the Legends Division title. But their work isn’t over yet, as they travel to Evanston, Illinois to take on Northwestern tomorrow. Read More…
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Nebraska was the only Big Ten opponent Michigan State had never defeated going into Saturday’s matchup between the top two teams in the Legends Division. Read More…
A battle for the Legends Division title is on the line as Michigan State travels to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers.
After a bye week in East Lansing, the 16th ranked Spartans are preparing for a huge matchup in Lincoln, Nebraska this Saturday against the 7-2 Cornhuskers.
After a dominating 29-6 victory over Michigan, Dan Tyler recaps the wild weekend for Spartan fans and gets a perspective from the Wolverines side.
Rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State is always very heated, and things came to a head last Saturday as the in-state rivals matched up in East Lansing.
Much to the chagrin of the maize and blue fans, it came up all Spartans Saturday afternoon, as the Michigan State defense paced the team to a resounding 29-6 victory.
The Paul Bunyan trophy returned to East Lansing along with bragging rights for Spartan fans, but now it is time to look forward. Read More…