Football mlive.com —  Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said this week that the decision makes for stiffer competition in the Big Ten’s new east division. “It intensifies it, certainly,” Dantonio said Wednesday on SiriusXM. “I think you always want to play for something, I’m sure it’s very difficult if you’re Penn State to just play and at the end of the year you say ‘Well, what do we get after these wins and losses?’
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Field Hockey statenews.com —  Following a weekend split for MSU field hockey (2-2 overall), the Spartans have dropped three spots to No. 19 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll. In its two wins, MSU was the better team on the field in each game and had the look of a team that won the Big Ten Tournament last year. In their two losses, they played nationally ranked opponents to close finishes. They took No. 4 Duke to overtime and lost in the waining seconds, and on Sunday, the Spartans dropped a 1-0 contest to No. 18 American in double overtime.
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman and Coach Dantonio take a look back at last Saturday's game at Oregon.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio doesn't have a Heisman Trophy vote, but it's pretty clear if he did that Oregon's Marcus Mariota would be somewhere near the top. Dantonio said going into last Saturday's game with the Ducks that he prepared his team for a quarterback who could lead and make plays, and that's exactly what Mariota did in directing No. 2 Oregon to a 46-27 win over the No. 13 Spartans at Autzen Stadium.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State senior libero Kori Moster (Cincinnati, Ohio) is among 30 NCAA women's volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court and were announced today as candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball.
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Football mlive.com —  "The bottom line is we regroup, we take the week, learn from this experience,'' Dantonio said following Saturday's game in Eugene. "We need to make sure we have growth from this environment.'' Playing a championship contender like Oregon can expose a team's flaws, and Dantonio and his staff will be quick to address shortcomings.
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Football spartannation.com —  The Spartan coaching staff has its sights set on one of the best quarterbacks of his class as well one of the best players in the state of New York – Jake Zembiec. This 6’2, 205 pound prospect has a wonderful combination of mobility and throwing ability that will make him a centerpiece for any big-time college program. Zembiec has a long list of schools to choose from, but Michigan State is certainly on his mind.
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Football mlive.com —  In the first game of his first season as a full-time starter in the NFL, former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer led a 24-point second-half comeback on the road. He came up three points short of a win, though.
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Women's Soccer statenews.com —  MSU finished its non-conference schedule on Sunday, and thanks to a game-winning goal against Western Michigan, the team is undefeated after its first six games.After a challenging early-season schedule, MSU (6-0 overall) has shown clear improvements from last year.
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Football detroitnews.com —  After Saturday's 46-27 defeat at the hands of Oregon, it's clear that this unit — while it showed flashes of dominance against the Ducks — still has plenty of work to do to become the elite group it has been the previous three seasons.
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Men's Golf msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's golf team shot a 14-over-par 298 in the third and final round of the Gopher Invitational on Monday to take eighth overall with a total score of 900 (300-302-298). Gareth Lappin carded an even-par 71, the lowest single-round of any Spartan in the tournament, to finish tied for 12th place at 7-over 220.
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Football mlive.com —  While most of the sports world is ripping the Big Ten as a weak football conference, MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo came to the conference's defense on Monday, Sept. 8 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc.
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Football freep.com —  At least one NFL draft analyst believes that Michigan State junior quarterback Connor Cook could be a first-round pick next spring. Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for the NFL Network and a former scout for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, said today on the Dan Patrick Show that he expects “at least three” quarterbacks to be first-round picks in the spring. Jeremiah said he could get in trouble with his bosses for giving specific projections on underclassmen, but he told Patrick of Cook: “I think he’s got a chance to be one of the top three quarterbacks. You like how I wiggled around that?”
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Will Tieman asks Coach Dantonio about the schedule for this season's first bye week
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Football spartansportsnetwork.com —  Adam Ruff talks with Shilique Calhoun in this edition of The Michigan Sports Brief.
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Football mlive.com —  Lippett ranks third in the nation with 150 yards receiving per game, pulling in a career-high 11 catches for 133 yards in last Saturday's 46-27 loss at No. 2 Oregon. The senior from Detroit Crockett High School said he told his teammates after the loss to the Ducks it's better to get the defeat out of the way, indicating Lippett doesn't plan to lose again.
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Volleyball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State heads west for a pair of Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge matches, against No. 18 Oregon and Oregon State.
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Cross Country msuspartans.com —  Rachele Schulist of the Michigan State women's cross country team has been named the USTFCCCA Women's NCAA Division I National Athlete of the Week, while also claiming Big Ten Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors. She is the first member of the Spartans to win the national honor this season and the second to earn the Big Ten award, joining men's teammate Nick Moon (Sept. 2). Discuss »
Men's Basketball freep.com —  Three viable Michigan State options remain for two spots in 2015 after the latest Chicago-area star to shun Tom Izzo's program -- after another apparent strong start for the Spartans.
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