Looking back at Minnesota, Big Ten in bowls

Happy New Year to all. Chris and I wish all of you the best in the new year.

The No. 18-ranked Michigan State men’s basketball team missed out on an opportunity to pick up a big road victory in its 76-63 setback to No. 9 Minnesota in their Big Ten opener on Monday afternoon.

In his piece in today’s paper, columnist Graham Couch writes about how big of a missed opportunity it was for the Spartans. Couch also takes a look at the key stretch, unsung hero and what’s ahead for MSU.

On the gridiron, a disappointing season of Big Ten football concludes today with five teams in action in bowls. MSU’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl victory is the lone win for the conference so far (Minnesota dropped a close one to Texas Tech in the only other game involving a Big Ten team).

How will the Big Ten fare in today’s games? Georgia faces Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, Michigan faces South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, Big Ten champion Wisconsin faces Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Northwestern takes on Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl and Purdue faces Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

On the women’s basketball front, MSU (12-1) received 12 votes in this week’s AP poll. They open their Big Ten schedule with home games against Minnesota on Thursday and No. 9 Penn State on Sunday. The Penn State game will be aired on the Big Ten Network at 2:15 p.m.

As conference play begins, three Big Ten women’s teams are in the top 25 of the AP poll (Penn State at 9, Purdue at 14 and Nebraska at 25). Ohio State, Michigan, MSU and Iowa are each receiving votes.

Lastly, former MSU player and assistant coach Pat Shurmur was among the Black Monday casualties in the NFL. He was fired by the Browns after going 9-23 in two seasons.

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32 Responses to Looking back at Minnesota, Big Ten in bowls

  1. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    MSU will be the only Big Ten team to win their bowl, unless NW pulls a mild upset, the other games will be ugly.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      It certainly is trending in that direction. NW really does represent the B1G better than the other teams playing today, anyway, The others playing to day all fall into the “Famous for being Famous” category. NONE have done anything this year except embarrass the B!G.

      • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

        NW with the minor upset, good for the ‘Cats, paris falls like well all knew and NEB faltered again. Hopefully Wisconsin pulls through.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Luved that Fitz won and got that monkey off their collective backs (1949? – I was around, but don’t think we had a TV)

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            yep good victory for big ten, wouldn’t have minded Alvarez winning a 4th rose bowl, they hung tough

  2. avatar The Tanner says:

    The Tanner watch bowl games baby !!!

    The Tanner watch Big 10 go undefeated baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the good baby !!!

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Here’s an earth shattering News flash from Cheese-it: when a team leads in the 2nd half of an away game in the B1G and loses the game, it’s a missed opportunity. When the sun sets, it’s going to get dark, too. Amazingly, LSJ pays him for this stuff.

  4. avatar MayoSpartan says:

    The Gamecock’s J. Clowney’s hit on um’s #2 was the best tackle and fumble recovery I have seen in a LONG while!

    Simply poetic justice after that ridiculous first down measurement and call benefiting the corn and blue.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      yep vincent smith sucks, and after that hit, he probably wishes he wasn’t playing, scUM got every single measurement, was Brandon there with the brown envelope?

  5. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Too bad, so sad, the paris hilton’s of the B1G lost today.

  6. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    What a hypocritical tweet by Jay Bilas who is somebody who is ALL about the money.

  7. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Just shoed the winning USC TD again here @half of RB, Need to get GoldGirl a copy of that so he can run it as a promo for all future AAJC football games on the btn.

  8. avatar The Tanner says:

    The Tanner see Cardinals win RB baby !!!

    Steven Taylor get RB MVP baby !!!

    Bielema lose third RB in a row baby !!!

    The Tanner bring the goods baby !!!

  9. avatar The Tanner says:

    The Tanner see North Illinois play good BCS baby !!!

    The Tanner see NHL lockout baby !!!

    Schwarzy no get fired baby !!!

    The Tanner has the inside scoop baby !!!

  10. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Folks, if you think the beat down of NIU was a bad bowl game, wait until the Sugar tonight. I’ll be almost as bad as last year’s Sugar – for different reasons. Gator’s by 4 TD’s

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      Yep I thought it was actually good sporstmanship by FSU to not totally destroy NIU like they could have. I don’t expect the same sportsmanship from Florida, it’s gonna be ugly folks.

  11. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    USA Today(UnSAT) has a pictorial of underclassmen in the Draft, there are already 5 RB’s and 4 DE’s (and with 1 exception none are from Southeast JC), no TE’s listed, but the kids from Stanford are awesome yesterday.

  12. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Well, Uconn didn’t help the Spartan RPI any last night losing to Marquette.

  13. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Gotta luv this, sideline eye-candy gets dissed! I knew Stanford had character guys, but this is just so great!


  14. avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

    Yesterday, the so-called university of the State, and its starlet’s couldn’t get it done, as usual. On Saturday, The State University did us and the Big proud.

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