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MSU football: Sea of red (anger or embarrassment)

We’re inside an hour from kickoff at Spartan Stadium between MSU and Nebraska. Already, there are a number of fans here wearing Huskers red – one of the Spartans’ two biggest fears.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio on Thursday issued a brief statement online, via MSU’s official Facebook page, in anticipation of a Nebraska invasion of East Lansing. Here it is in full:

 Dear Spartan Faithful,

Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Nebraska visits Spartan Stadium for the first time as a Big Ten member. Your football team NEEDS you in your seat with your “game face on” to be a difference-maker
in this important game. Remember to always display good sportsmanship.

Life is not easy. Football and sports in general are not easy. Many times the game is won or lost by the smallest of margins and usually at the end. Football is a game of inches and emotions. STAY STRONG!

We look forward to spending this Saturday with you and your Spartan brothers and sisters. This is Michigan State! See you in your GREEN & WHITE!

Mark Dantonio

Part of this stems from the poor fan turnout – students and alums alike – against Iowa three weeks ago, when Spartan Stadium’s stands remained only about 2/3 full on a cold, rainy afternoon. MSU went on to lose that game in overtime, 19-16.

The second part is how well the Cornhuskers’ loyalists travel to support their team, which is like an NFL franchise in the state of Nebraska. They dispatched an estimated 25,000 to Northwestern two weeks ago. There also was plenty of red here in 1995, the last time Nebraska visited East Lansing.

Plus with a number of cheap tickets popping up this week on online resale sites, some as low as $5, the stands could end up looking more like Santa Claus than a Christmas tree. Between the potential for an enemy invasion and a number of empty seats due to Spartan fans’ apathy after a slow start, it might make for a perfect storm that could leave MSU’s top administration agitated and ashamed.

One injury note: MSU backup free safety R.J. Williamson is not dressed for today’s game. Backup free safety Jairus Jones is listed on the Spartans’ dress list and is warming up with the team.

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20 Responses to MSU football: Sea of red (anger or embarrassment)

  1. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    At least our coach isn’t applying to Quicken Loans Sweepstake offering free mortgage for life like JLS.

    Why would said coach go for 2 when he’s leading 19-15 in the 4th?

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Unfortunately, MinniHaha is who we thought they were.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Yep but we have our own program now, that’s why I did not drive 10miles to root against them. I like our chances today

  3. avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

    Glad a thread came up, thought site was down

    Go green, just win baby

  4. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    just got power after 5 days..i see minnesota really bites..there’s always a bright side if we lose today, since we may need nebraska to win out so u-scum doesn’t win the division..but since we have never beaten nebraska, it’s high time that we do.

  5. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Boy, I sure didn’t like that holding call on Burbridge.

    Missed an opportunity at the 20 yd line and now a missed 49 yd FG attempt.

    Boy, and after the Cobs, Mahar had a terrible punt.

  6. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Thank you Martinez !!!

  7. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Man our O-Line just looks slow…

  8. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Touchdown MSU !

  9. avatar Chris Solari says:

    FYI, there is not nearly as much red as everyone feared. No more than 20 percent, probably much lower than that (maybe 15ish). A lot of empty seats in the student section again, however.

  10. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    the espn stats just said before Sadler punted that he had non inside the 20. Thought he had 1 at the 12. ????????

  11. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Happy with the O need to assign a spy to TM

  12. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Boy does the espn/abc coverage of the game eat dead rats here in Florida. in and out, missed the last 4 minutes

  13. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Somebody needs to put that back judge out of our misery, what at awful call, from behind the receivers where he couldn’t see anything.

  14. avatar 1/2 FULL says:

    The refs sure did blow. Knew as soon as I saw it was Bill LeMonnier’s crew that we were going to have a rough go of it. That PI was probably the worst call of the day, when there were several bad ones. Other than that though, we didn’t do what we needed to do to win. Can’t block someone behind the play when you have that officiating crew (on Dennard’s interception return). Have to get another first down at the end. Didn’t like the choice to punt on 4th and 2 from the 39. Giving them the ball from there isn’t much worse than the 20. However, if we get the first down; game over. I know it is not conventional thinking but it would have been a “we control our destiny” call.

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