Monthly Archives: August 2013

MSU 13, WMU 7, halftime thoughts: The same players look much the same

EAST LANSING — I guess Andrew Maxwell and Bennie Fowler shouldn’t be expected to be completely different players than a year ago, or MSU’s offensive philosophy to completely change with the same head coach. Because they definitely aren’t and the … Continue reading

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MSU vs. WMU pregame dish: 5 things I’ll be watching tonight

Michigan State’s football season kicks off in a few hours against Western Michigan. This isn’t a game I think will be close, as I wrote in today’s LSJ column. That doesn’t mean it’s not compelling theater from MSU’s perspective. Here … Continue reading

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Game day eve: Time for your MSU football predictions and analysis (hint: upsets rarely happen in openers)

A new Michigan State football season, a fresh start with predictions. That goes for me, too, since I didn’t win a single week predicting the score on the Spartan Sports Network pregame show against colleague Joe Rexrode and the Detroit … Continue reading

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Maxwell vs. Cook: As I wrote, everything else, until the games begin, was just noise

I’ve written a few columns over the years that have missed. The Alex Carder-over-Kirk Cousins piece for the Kalamazoo Gazette in August 2011 certainly wasn’t prophetic. This, however, I could see coming. Aug. 8 headline: Daily QB chatter just noise … Continue reading

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Decision Day for MSU football: Depth chart at QB, RB, WR should become more clear

Through a month of spring practice, a summer of speculation and then another four weeks of fall camp, Michigan State’s quarterback situation has been THE story line of its football program. And, for the most part, it was all guesswork, … Continue reading

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MSU football game week begins, with questions to be answered (with Monday links)

An abbreviated Michigan State football game week is underway, leading up to Friday night’s opener against Western Michigan. And who throws, catches, runs and kicks the ball for the Spartans is still in question. Well, at least we don’t know … Continue reading

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WMU coach P.J. Fleck’s path has ties to MSU’s Pat Narduzzi, Jim Bollman

At age 32, most of the coaches who played a role in P.J. Fleck’s climb up the professional ladder were more mentor or supervisor than colleague, but Western Michigan’s first-year head coach does have ties to this Michigan State staff. … Continue reading

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What MSU coach Mark Dantonio said about Damion Terry (verbatim) and what I think he meant

There was essentially one question facing Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio before Monday morning’s practice: Um, coach, so Damion Terry? MSU’s heralded freshman quarterback put together an eye-opening scrimmage Saturday, according to the numbers and to Dantonio. Dantonio talked … Continue reading

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Why MSU’s football opener against WMU just became a more certain blowout

The odds were already greatly against Western Michigan on Aug. 30 — 27 points against, by Las Vegas’ standards. There is a formula for a team like WMU to upset Michigan State (which I’ll get into in a later column). … Continue reading

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Dantonio’s omission says it all: MSU QB Damion Terry headed for redshirt

The life of a quarterback as he goes from heralded prospect, to signee, to wide-eyed freshman, is one of harsh realities. Damion Terry is in the midst of this transition right now. Once hoping he’d play for Michigan State some … Continue reading

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