Sunday, June 16, 2024

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Buckhalter, Glenn worth roster spot; bench struggling Burress

With the Michigan-MSU football game approaching, this fantasy football column is taking a rivalry approach.We will show how many former Wolverines have faltered and how they compare to the Spartans in the pros.Styf barely slipped by last week, with help from Jamal Lewis, for a slight victory over Stevie E., but "E" still has a huge point lead overall.With Priest Holmes and the Kansas City Chiefs, along with the Tennessee Titans and Steve McNair on bye weeks, this week should be less interesting, but Saturday will make up for that.Styf scouts the Spartans and the WolverinesThe late arrival this season has been a gem for the former Wolverines.

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'U' No. 10 in latest BCS

MSU still is moving up in the polls, even without winning last weekend. But the Spartans (7-1 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) didn't lose either -

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Bye week lets players relax

For one week, the football players will get to relax and act like normal students. Members of MSU's football team took advantage of their bye week by playing video games and catching up on some much-needed sleep. "I felt like a normal student, just kicking back having nothing to do," junior defensive tackle Matthias Askew said.

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'U' No. 13 in 1st BCS rankings

With a bye week approaching and almost all of the MSU football team on the road recruiting, the Spartans received a national vote of confidence Monday when they were ranked No.

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Lone Leaders

Minneapolis - Like a punch from Mike Tyson, the MSU football team confronts its Big Ten opponents with a powerful hit early and tries to knock them out. This tactic worked once more Saturday as the Spartans beat Minnesota, 44-38, in front of a lackluster crowd of 38,778 at the Metrodome.

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Gridders commit no turnovers

Minneapolis - If MSU head coach John L. Smith were a real estate agent, his catch phrase would be, "Turnover, turnover, turnover." Smith not only has turned the No.

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Dukes: forgotten player

After six relatively quiet games, he finally got his chance to make a big hit. And when the opportunity arose, Clifford Dukes left an imprint that Illinois quarterback Jon Beutjer won't soon forget, especially when he stands on the sidelines this weekend in Ann Arbor. The junior defensive end fought around the left end and hit Beutjer with enough power to make any spectator cringe. It was his fourth sack of the season, equal to his 2002 total, which led the team.

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7-1 start would be best since '66

Despite an early falter, this season's MSU football team has the opportunity to make history.With a win against Minnesota, this would be the best start for a Spartan team since they finished second in the polls in 1966.But with senior defensive end Greg Taplin questionable (sprained knee) for the game and junior defensive tackle Brandon McKinney out, the No.

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The Great Green Hype

Urbana-Champaign, Ill. - On its return from pounding Illinois 49-14 Saturday, MSU left last season's disappointment in Urbana-Champaign, Ill., and leapfrogged Michigan in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. The No.

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Dortch gets 1st career touchdown

Urbana-Champaign, Ill. - The trip was three-and-a-half years in the making. And when junior running back Tyrell Dortch reached the end zone for his first career touchdown, that wasn't enough.

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Despite poor start, Gannon worth start against Cleveland

With four games in the past, it is all even between The State News homegrown fantasy football gurus. A new season begins in Week Six - known in college football as Separation Saturday - when fantasy players start showing whether they will be consistent forces each week. Look for good football in Week Six as three of the NFL's weakest teams - Cincinnati, Detroit and San Diego - take the week off.

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Turnover margin key in 'U' success

It seems simple enough, but in recent years, MSU has had a problem keeping control of the football.With the re-emergence of quarterback Jeff Smoker and linebacker Mike Labinjo, one of the major reasons for the Spartans' early success is winning the turnover battle.The past two seasons, the Spartans (5-1 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) gave up the football 52 times and gained it on an opposition turnover 44 times.

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Spartans land recruit in speedy 6-foot-2 star

In the middle of a recruiting season marred with wavering interest and flip-flopping commitments, the MSU football coaching staff finally got some good news Monday night.Tom Dance, a speedy 6-foot-2 all-around athlete from Erie Cathedral Preparatory School, verbally committed to the Spartans after an official recruiting trip this past weekend.

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Rogers injures collarbone

Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers broke his right collarbone in practice Tuesday. Rogers, a former Spartan who won the Biletnikoff Award last year at MSU, was taken to a hospital and is still being evaluated, according to Detroit Lions officials. Rogers "got tangled up" with cornerback Dre' Bly in the morning practice on Tuesday, head coach Steve Mariucci said. "(Rogers) went up for a pass and went down on his shoulder," Mariucci said.

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2 Spartans awarded for play

For the third straight week, an MSU player was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Spartans senior defensive end Greg Taplin recorded three sacks to lead the MSU defense in shutting down Indiana, 31-3. Taplin moved into second place in the conference in sacks along with teammate and junior defensive tackle Matthias Askew with six for the season.