Michigan State Spartans Football 2014 News and Updates
7/20/14 – With media days for each conference getting underway, we are full steam ahead for the 2014 Michigan State Spartans season. One of the can’t-miss showdowns in the Big Ten comes November against the conference favorite Ohio State Buckeyes. Without question, the Bucks’ biggest roadblock to getting into the College Football Playoffs is Michigan State. The Spartans are returning Connor Cook and Jeremy Langford on the offense, with a strong defensive line coached by Pat Narduzzi—virtually the same squad who took down Ohio State and Stanford in the Rose Bowl last year. Buy your Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan State Spartans tickets for as little as $106 on 11/8.
6/25/14 – Sports Illustrated released their top 10 most anticipated non-conference games this season, and one figuring Michigan State topped the list! Did you guess which game ranked No.1? The Michigan State at Oregon game on Sept 6 is the unanimous winner. Make sure you lock in your Michigan State Spartans tickets ASAP because everyone will want to be in the stands at Autzen Stadium for this classic Pac 12-Big Ten matchup of offense vs. defense. The Spartans’ top-ranked, and notoriously stout Narduzzi defense will take on Heisman contending quarterback Marcus Mariota and his stellar weapons. This game has huge implications in the Big Ten, so Oregon will have to bring their A-game against Connor Cook and Co. to ensure playoff contention beyond Week 2. Spartans tickets for this early must-watch matchup start at $123.
6/13/14 – The Michigan State Spartans’ primary objective this year is to ensure their top ranked defense does not backslide following the departure of a sizeable amount talent. The line lost five solid players to the NFL, but return both defensive ends and ferocious pass rushers in Shilique Calhoun, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Marcus Rush. Head coach Mark Dantonio and the top recruits in the country are flocking to the Sound Mind-Sound Body camp this week, an academic, athletic and character-building program. While Dantonio will attend primarily as a speaker, he and the MSU staff will keep their eyes on a number of prospects, chiefly running backs and defensive linemen. Buy Michigan State Spartans tickets and see if the East Lansing recruits and returners have sufficiently prepared their minds and bodies for the upcoming season!
6/4/14 – The price of Ohio State vs. Michigan State tickets have skyrocketed in the last two weeks, more than doubling (avg. $401). Now the most expensive game on the Spartans schedule, it’ll cost you $90 just to get in the stadium. Lower section endzone seats start from $94 while 50 yard line begin at $402 (MSU side) and $307 (visitor). MSU is predicted to go to the Fiesta Bowl while experts have Ohio State in the CFP Semifinal playing Florida State. The defending Big Ten champions may have lost top talent in defense, but Michigan State has no shortage of future NFL talent on their roster (i.e. Shilique Calhoun, Marcus Rush, Kurtis Drummond). See if the Spartans can exceed expectations and beat the Buckeyes with Michigan State Spartans tickets.
5/20/14 – MSU is a favorite to play in the first-ever college football playoff despite a challenging schedule that starts with a top 10 matchup on the road against Oregon. Another high-profile game will be here before you know it on Nov. 8 against the Ohio State Buckeyes (avg. $198). Last year’s Big Ten title game participants are expected to be the big dogs again this season, and they’ll faceoff in the all new East Division. Preseason polls have mixed reviews when ranking the two foes – Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com giving the Spartans the upper-hand. Michigan State Spartans tickets in East Lansing are relatively cheap, averaging $117 over seven home games with matchups against Nebraska (avg. $139), Michigan (avg. $241), and OSU the only prices above $100.
4/21/14 – The Spartans are coming off a 13-win season; a feat only two others teams have accomplished in Big Ten history! MSU will try to make history again by winning all eight conference games by double-digit points and earn back-to-back Big Ten titles for the second time in school history. Michigan State’s football schedule is highlighted by two home games against in-state rivals Michigan (min. $137) and B1G powerhouse Ohio State (min. $81). While the 2013 Rose Bowl Champs have lost Jim Thorpe Award winner for best defensive back Darqueze Dennard and linebackers Denicos Allen and Max Bullough, Michigan State’s supremacy seems far from over. Starting QB Connor Cook will lead the helm as the Mighty Spartans look to maintain adaptability in their pro-style offense.
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.
Michigan State Spartans Football 2014 Season
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.
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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.