Football freep.com —  Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio spoke with reporters on a teleconference tonight, before team meetings that would signal the beginning of Michigan week. "We'll sort of move from one thing to another," he said of the transition from a 56-17 win at Indiana to U-M. "It's a magical thing."
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Football mlive.com —  There was plenty of movement in The Associated Press' top 10 this week. But Michigan State wasn't involved in any of it. The Spartans (6-1) stayed at No. 8 in this week's AP Top 25 after scoring a 56-17 win at Indiana on Saturday. MSU returns home next Saturday to take on rival Michigan (3:30 p.m., ABC).
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Field Hockey msuspartans.com —  Michigan State fell to No. 9 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon, dropping to 8-7 on the year and 3-4 in the Big Ten. The Spartans scored two goals in two minutes in the second half to cut into a 3-0 deficit, but Northwestern responded with two more goals to power its way to a 5-2 victory.
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Women's Soccer msuspartans.com —  Michigan State hung in tight with Big Ten frontrunners No. 7 Penn State Sunday afternoon, but came up just short, losing 2-1 on senior day. The Spartans got out to the early lead but could not hold on as Penn State scored a late first half goal and an early second half goal to down the Spartans in front of 1,112 fans at DeMartin Stadium
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Football mlive.com —  After a 23-point trouncing last year, Las Vegas oddsmakers don't see the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry getting much closer this year. Michigan State opens the week as a 15-point favorite against rival Michigan for its 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Spartan Stadium, according to VegasInsider.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Trying to figure out which four teams will make the inaugural College Football Playoff can sometimes feel like predicting the weather in the state of Michigan. Just when you’ve got it all figured out, it snows in May. For Michigan State, the continued chaos can only help.
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Football freep.com —  It has been nearly eight years since Mark Dantonio took over the Michigan State football program, eight years during which he has taken the Spartans to unimaginable heights -- especially considering the state the program was in when he inherited it from John L. Smith in 2006.
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Football mlive.com —  Even after a day that included 662 yards of total offense, the most for Michigan State in the Mark Dantonio era, it's up to the coaching staff to continually find areas of improvement. And after a 56-17 win Saturday over Indiana, the Spartans are looking to get better in an area that has dogged them this season: short-yardage situations.
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Football freep.com —  The Spartans are No. 5 after beating Indiana 56-14 on Saturday. Alabama (59-0 win vs. Texas A&M) leapfrogged them to place No. 4, while MSU moved ahead of Notre Dame (31-27 loss vs. No. 2 Florida State) and Baylor (41-27 loss vs. West Virginia).
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Football sports.yahoo.com —  Michigan State has found the perfect balance this season. Connor Cook is shredding Big Ten defenses. A large group of talented receivers keeps making huge plays. The rushing numbers are piling up, and on Saturday, the Spartans shut out high-scoring Indiana for the final 35 1/2 minutes. The biggest question around the conference might be whether anyone on the Spartans' schedule can stop them from making college football's inaugural playoff.
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Football msuspartans.com —  MSU's offense produced 56 points and 662 total yards, with 330 coming on the ground and 332 through the air, and the Spartan defense pitched a second-half shutout against Indiana while allowing just three first downs and 11 total yards in the last 30 minutes.
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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  The first period and the last five minutes of the third doomed Michigan State's bid for a sweep in the season-opening series against Massachusetts.
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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Patrick Lee's power-play goal with 9.9 seconds to play gave the Massachusetts Minutemen a 4-3 win over the Michigan State hockey team on Saturday night at Munn Ice Arena.
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Instant Reactions: No. 8 Michigan State @ Indiana The Only Colors
On the surface, Saturday's 56-17 dismantling of Indiana, which was highlighted by the offense piling 682 yards of total offense in the midst of scoring 42 unanswered points to turn a 17-14 deficit into a 56-17 rout, looks like business as usual. But, to me, there's still an issue that continues to creep up and if it isn't addressed, the Spartans may certainly pay for it later on.

Short memory pays off in long run for Connor Cook Detroit News
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook will never be described as a game manager. Waiting on others to create while he just orchestrates the offense simply isn't in his character. The Michigan State junior is the classic gunslinger and when a quarterback approaches the game like that, he'd better have a short memory.

Nick Hill breaks century mark for first time Detroit News
Nick Hill admitted there was a smile starting to stretch across his face as he raced down the field Saturday evening. The fifth-year senior running back was in the midst of scoring on a 76-yard run, the final touchdown in No. 8 Michigan State's 56-17 victory over Indiana, and he was feeling pretty good about it.

Three MSU questions: Spartans hear coach, finish strong Detroit Free Press
What can we tell from beating a third-string quarterback?
Connor Cook still forces too many throws. Will he ever stop?
Speaking of receivers, is this really the same group that couldn't catch early last season?

Grading the Spartans: Marks not as high as you may think Detroit Free Press
Joe Rexrode rates the Spartans on a scale of 1 to 10:

MSU notes: Connor Cook bounces back after interception Detroit Free Press
Connor Cook threw a bad pass, Indiana's Tegray Scales picked if off, IU scored two plays later to go up 17-14, and everyone at Memorial Stadium should have known — the Hoosiers were in trouble. "When he throws a pick, man, he gets a little more drive in him," Michigan State junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun said of Cook. "He's like, 'You know what? We're gonna score now.' "

Michigan State has look of playoff team Detroit Free Press
They are getting there, though what "there" means remains a matter of debate. For stretches, Michigan State looks as good as anyone, a balanced and explosive squad that can expand the field or shrink it.

Spartans Deliver Strong Second Half in Win Over Indiana MSUSpartans.com
So much for the hand-wringing angst surrounding Michigan State's fast starts and nerve-wracking finishes. On Saturday, the Spartans showed they can also win with a strong finish after a sluggish beginning, which had them falling three points behind a feisty Indiana team late in the second quarter in Bloomington.

Spartans path to playoff comes clearer after big win and big losses by teams in front of them Spartan Nation
The Michigan State Spartans had a big day. I mean a monster day. Not only accumulating 662 total offensive yards (330 rushing and 332 passing) but also two undefeated teams in front of them in the college football rankings fell.



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Football freep.com —  Heading into his 100th game at MSU on Saturday at Indiana, coach Mark Dantonio continued to preach about the currency of consistency. And it all starts with the routine that occurs from the end whistle on Saturdays to the kickoff the following week. Here's a look at that routine, from the day after the Oct. 4 win over Nebraska to the start of last week's game at Purdue.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo already had an affection for Iowa coach Fran McCaffery — "I have great respect for anyone who will throw chairs and get mad at officials," Izzo joked last week — but it's more than that now. The news is good these days for the McCaffery family, with no signs of cancer in the body of 14-year-old Patrick. On Thursday at Big Ten basketball media day, McCaffery said his son is doing well, months after having a thyroid tumor removed as the NCAA tournament began.
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Football detroitnews.com —  The Spartans weren't biting late Saturday evening outside of their locker room at Memorial Stadium. No. 8 Michigan State had just beaten Indiana, 56-17, meaning the focus could now turn to next week's matchup with archrival Michigan. But according to what the Spartans were saying, the game next weekend was the last thing on their minds.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State left Memorial Stadium on Saturday night with the lion still in the cage. Remember that phrase? That's how coach Mark Dantonio explained how Michigan State was able to dominate rival Michigan last season at Spartan Stadium. "We talked all week about keeping the lion in the cage, just peaking at game time," Dantonio said after that 29-6 win, "we were going to let the lion out of the cage at 3:30, and that's what happened.''
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Football mlive.com —  Reaching 100 games puts Dantonio in rare company. Of the 125 Division 1 FBS college football coaches, only 17 have longer tenures than Dantonio. And of the 23 head coaches in Michigan State history, Dantonio is only the fourth to reach the 100 games mark. That list includes some of the best coaches in school history: Charlie Bachman, Duffy Daugherty and George Perles.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's high-flying aerial attack lit up the sky on an otherwise dreary, grey Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Spartans quarterback Connor Cook was 24 of 32 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in the 56-17 win over Indiana, but Cook said the key on this day was the play of his receivers.
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