Monthly Archives: November 2013

First thoughts: Turning back Minnesota, 14-3, no step back for MSU

After four straight statement victories, this one didn’t come as easy for Michigan State. Winning 14-3 against Minnesota shouldn’t be considered a step back. This was a game opponent, having its own special season, still completely locked in and hopeful. … Continue reading

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MSU 7, Minnesota 3 – halftime musings: Spartans in a fight, need to be careful

EAST LANSING — Minnesota is a better team and of better mind than Northwestern or Nebraska. For a moment today, it looked like MSU might turn its senior day into a celebration of this season. The Spartans moved down the … Continue reading

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MSU vs. Minnesota pregame dish: 5 things I’ll be watching in today’s game

1. MSU’s continual progress offensively. Through each of the last four games, Illinois through Northwestern, MSU has been more complete as an offense each week. Connor Cook set completion percentage records against Illinois in late October, and yet, last week, … Continue reading

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Benching starters Payne, Appling and Dawson a smart early warning from Izzo

I gave Derrick Nix all sorts of grief in a column last year for how he handled a situation similar to this. Nix had missed a class he needed to be at, and then missed the first half of a … Continue reading

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Game day eve: Time for your analysis and predictions for MSU vs. Minnesota

Happy Black Friday. If you’re reading this on your phone, standing in a long check-out line at Best Buy, 40-inch television tucked in your cart, the $200 you might have saved (if the sale price was truthful) barely worth your … Continue reading

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Why Wisconsin might be as deserving as MSU of a BCS bowl

Two years ago, when Michigan went to a BCS bowl game ahead of Michigan State, that was bunk. This isn’t that. For the next two weeks, as MSU plays Minnesota and then preps for Ohio State in the Big Ten … Continue reading

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First thoughts: MSU handles difficult elements beautifully, as it has everything recently

EVANSTON, Ill. — Against difficult weather conditions and a Northwestern team unwilling to give up on its disastrous season, MSU put together a game Saturday worthy of its ever-impressive season. The Spartans (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten) clinched the Legends Division … Continue reading

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MSU 14, Northwestern 6 – halftime musings: Touchdowns vs. field goals

EVANSTON, Ill. — There was a day, not so long ago, when Michigan State’s offense couldn’t find big touchdown plays or convert in the red zone. One of the reasons MSU is 9-1 and 6-0 in the Big Ten, is … Continue reading

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MSU at Northwestern pregame dish: 5 things I’ll be watching in today’s game

EVANSTON, Ill. — Hello from the Central time zone, land of 11 a.m. kickoffs. It never seemed right, starting this early. Hard to generate a buzz — of any kind. I lived in Illinois for almost six years, the entire … Continue reading

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

We’re getting better at our predictions. Well, actually, Michigan State is getting better at football and this is a pro-MSU crowd, so what’s happening on the football field is more in line with your heart. MSU this season is a … Continue reading

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