Michigan State Spartans Football 2014 News and Updates
2/4/14 - Michigan State may have missed the National Championship, but they won the next best thing: a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game, getting there by upsetting the (then) No.2 Ohio State for the Big Ten title. MSU will be losing three offensive starters, and six on the defense (CB Darqueze Dennard, LBs Max Bullough and Denicos Allen), but MSU will also welcome back a more experienced QB Connor Cook and TB Jeremy Langford. Despite the raging rumor mill, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi turned down Connecticut’s head-coaching job and will rejoin head coach Mark Dantonio on the sidelines. The Spartans boast the No. 5 ranked recruiting class in the Big Ten, and if they land Malik McDowell (in talks with the rival Wolverines), they could land their most high-profile recruiting class in history.
11/25/13 – After knocking off Northwestern Saturday, the Spartans secured their second outright Legends Division title in three seasons. MSU also earned a trip to Indianapolis where they’ll face Ohio State in the Big Ten Football Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium. Michigan State improved to 7-0 in Conference and 10-1 overall and moved to No. 11 in the BCS standings. A win in the regular season finale this weekend and another against the Buckeyes in Indy, would likely send the Spartans to the 100th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena. Michigan State’s defense ranks No. 1 in the nation, giving up just 236.6 yards per game; the program also leads the nation in rushing defense (59.4 yards).
11/5/13- The Michigan State Spartans have maintained their lead in the Legends Division with an 8-1 record. Recently, they defeated in-state rivals, Michigan, with a thrashing 29-6 victory, displaying another outstanding performance by their defense—which ranks No.1 in nearly every category, from rush to pass efficiency. Riding their triumphant momentum, MSU will hope to overcome Nebraska on November 16, and crush the Cornhusker’s hopes of stealing the top spot in the division and secure their own post-season berth.
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The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a school-record six consecutive bowl games under head coach Mark Dantonio. The Spartans return seven starters off the nation’s No. 4 defense. Rebuilding around the defense will be key however; after losing First-Team All-Big Ten tailback Le’Veon Bell to the NFL, MSU is turning to Riley Bullough to fill the void at that position.
The Spartans will play four Big Ten conference games at Spartan Stadium in 2013: Indiana Hoosiers Football
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vs. Michigan State Spartans Football (avg. $68). MSU football tickets to the Michigan rivalry game are at least 3.5-times the cost of any other game. Although the Spartans lost the game last year, Michigan State won the four years prior and is expected to take the trophy again this season. Michigan State tickets to the rivalry game last year in Ann Arbor averaged $200. Spartan Stadium is set to undergo a $24.5 million stadium renovation with construction to begin in July.
Michigan State is one of three Big Ten programs to have an annual game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This year, the Michigan State vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game will take place at Notre Dame Stadium and is averaging $374. The Spartans are looking for revenge as the Fighting Irish have taken the Megaphone Trophy the past two years. Last season Manti Te'o helped Notre Dame's defense, holding MSU to just three points.