Dan Tyler

Why Michigan State Football Will Repeat as Big Ten Champs

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.

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Darqueze Dennard’s Best Potential Draft Fits

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.

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On-Field Success Paying Dividends with Recruiting

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.

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Louisville Hires Petrino, Narduzzi to Stay for Now

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.

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Defense Makes Big Plays as MSU Finishes Perfect

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…

Northwestern Preview with John Paschall

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…

Opinion: Why You Should Be A Michigan Fan This Weekend…Temporarily

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…

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