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ANN ARBOR, Mich.— No. 14 Michigan leads Michigan State 17-7 at the half. The Spartans surprisingly connected on the first punch and looked poised offensively. That didn't last very long as the Wolverines used their athletes to find space in open field and take the two-score lead into the break.
As he flung his arms through the air, contorting his body to deflect the ball away, all Danny Fortener could hear were the cheers.
After four-straight losses, Michigan State will take on its rival: Michigan. The Wolverines are 7-2 in their season, while the Spartans have struggled to finish games and sit 4-5. MSU's losing streak might come to a stop at The Big House. The past two times the Spartans traveled to Ann Arbor, they've come away with a win. So what streak will the Spartans brake on Saturday?
Michigan State junior linebacker Antjuan Simmons occasionally gets texted by friends from high school throughout the football season.
Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio has a ton to look forward to, but can't seem to get away from the past — specifically last Saturday. During his weekly press conference, Dantonio was asked what points during the Spartans' 37-34 loss to Illinois felt the "most frustrating."
Another week, another starter down for Michigan State.
In a year where positive news has been seldom for Spartan football, they found some in the form of 2020 receiver Montorie Foster Jr.,who announced his commitment Monday afternoon.
One of the biggest rivalries in college football, Michigan State-Michigan, will take place this Saturday in Ann Arbor. Michigan is on a two-game winning streak and 7-2 overall this season. Meanwhile, the Spartans have been having a rough season (4-5) validated by a 37-34 Illinois last Saturday. MSU has lost four-games straight, two of those games being top ten ranked teams.
Charles Rogers, former Michigan State star wideout and the second overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft, passed away Monday morning at the age of 38 due to liver failure.
After a tumultuous stretch for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State football team, it appears that someone in East Lansing has had enough.
In between bites of my half-cooked press box pizza slice, listening to "Better Together", my favorite song on Luke Combs' new album and transcribing the audio of Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio trying to explain how his football team blew a 25-point lead during its 37-34 loss to Illinois Saturday afternoon, I came across a eye-opening tweet on my Twitter feed.
There were certain points and plays during Illinois' historic comeback against Michigan State Saturday night that had Illini players knowing they were going to pull off the impossible.
Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio said that sophomore linebacker Noah Harvey is the "incumbent starter next year" at middle linebacker and would get his shot in Saturday's game against Illinois.
Michigan State was cruising — until it wasn't. The Spartan offense was scoring — until it stopped. MSU's defense was playing fast and smart — until it couldn't anymore.
Michigan State lost its fourth straight game this afternoon to Illinois, 37-34. After scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter alone, Illinois had a monumental comeback. Although the game showcased the Spartans' inability to finish plays and not turn the ball over, it also highlighted some fresh young talent.
That half had to feel good.
It's been a while since Michigan State has won a football game — over a month to be exact. The Spartans defeated Indiana 40-31 back on Sept. 28 to move to 4-1 on the year. Since then, Michigan State has scored two touchdowns, lost three games against ranked opponents and is now fighting for bowl eligibility to end the season. That goal begins on Saturday when the Spartans host a surprisingly hot Illinois football team that, with a win, becomes bowl eligible for the first time since 2014.
Most teams rely on their veteran players to lead in times of need. Most teams’ captains play in every game. And most teams become discouraged after a three-game losing streak. Evidently, Michigan State University football is not most teams.
Michigan State University took a gut-punch to its nationally ranked defensive front after senior captain Joe Bachie tested positive for a performance enhancement drug, leaving him ineligible to play. The Spartans face hardship as they've lost a captain, but also face the possibility of the start of a four-game losing streak this Saturday.
Illinois football Head Coach Lovie Smith is in a position he hasn't been in since arriving in Champaign.