Monthly Archives: October 2013

After U-M’s Fitz Toussaint spouts off, MSU smartly shuts it down

Michigan State didn’t give a reason it cancelled its planned media availability Wednesday for coordinators Pat Narduzzi and Jim Bollman. But it’s hard to imagine Fitz Toussaint didn’t have something to do with it. When the Michigan running back spouted … Continue reading

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MSU, Dantonio have different tone to rivalry talk than Hoke, Michigan

EAST LANSING — Nothing said by Brady Hoke or any of Michigan’s players Monday in Ann Arbor was disrespectful or dismissive of Michigan State. But there is an unmistakable difference in tone between the programs. It could be felt today … Continue reading

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Taylor Lewan says Michigan won’t be bullied by MSU this year (with my thoughts on U-M’s thoughts)

That headline was the best piece of rhetoric from a careful press conference by Michigan’s football program Monday afternoon. U-M coach Brady Hoke offered little, mostly two-word answers, as one Wolverine’s beat writer told him. “I was very helpful,” Hoke … Continue reading

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Prediction criticism is fair; I didn’t see this coming – not like this

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — I’m taking some ribbing for my prediction: Illinois 25, Michigan State 14. Deservedly so. Final score: MSU 42, Illinois 3. I whiffed on this one. I’ve whiffed before — picking MSU — and I’m sure I’ll whiff … Continue reading

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MSU at Illinois halftime take: Spartans bowling through Illini, should stick with the game plan

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Michigan State’s offensive identity is becoming increasingly clear — run behind this offensive line until somebody stops you. At times, MSU gets too cute. It shouldn’t. This is, right now, the best offensive line of the Mark … Continue reading

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MSU at Illinois pregame dish: 5 things I’ll be watching in today’s game (and a prediction)

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. 1. Connor Cook. Today’s game more than anything or anyone else, comes down to MSU’s quarterback. When Cook is on point with his passes, the Spartans have been in rhythm, balanced, sustaining drives, producing big plays and, against … Continue reading

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Game day eve: Time for your analysis and predictions for MSU at Illinois

I have a premonition that Saturday isn’t going to go well for Michigan State. It’s not something you should worry about — for most of the last season-and-a-half, I’ve over-believed in the Spartans with my predictions and have been proven … Continue reading

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For this MSU football team, midseason rankings, national respect are irrelevant

Michigan State’s football team simply has to keep winning. Over the last week, through emails and in my weekly live chat, I’ve received a number of questions about why MSU isn’t ranked and — at 6-1, with perhaps the nation’s … Continue reading

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Coming today: Dantonio’s presser, Izzo at MSU basketball media day; from Monday, Izzo’s take on Jim Leyland

For those who enjoy a midday fix of Michigan State sports, this is your day. Mark Dantonio’s weekly press conference at 11:30 this morning, is followed by MSU basketball media day, beginning with a Tom Izzo presser at 2 p.m., … Continue reading

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BCS standings hubbub remains laughable, pointless – thank goodness the system is changing

The first standings of the last Bowl Championship Series were unveiled Sunday. ESPN did its usual thing with a special show and analysts explaining the situation. Should Oregon be upset that it’s No. 3 behind Alabama and Florida State. What … Continue reading

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