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College Football 2018, Week Three!

September 16, 2018

It is only the third week of the season, but the Spartans had a bye this week.    The Big Ten continues to have five teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State [#25], Michigan [#19], Penn State [#11], Wisconsin [#6], and Ohio State [#4]).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to visit the Hoosiers of Indiana.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Wisconsin (#6) losing to unranked BYU by three (3) points.
Auburn (#7) losing to LSU (#12) by one (1) point.
Boise State (#17) losing to Oklahoma State (#24).
USC (#22) losing to unranked Texas.
Arizona State (#23) losing to unranked San Diego State by seven (7) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Notre Dame (#8) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#4) defeating TCU (#15).

College Football 2018, Week Two!

September 9, 2018

The Spartans traveled out west to visit the Sun Devils of Arizona State this week and came up short (the Big Ten is now 0-10 at Sun Devil stadium).  Tied with 2 minutes to go, the Sun Devils eked out the victory with a field goal as time ran out.  Bummer!  The Big Ten continues to have five (5) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll (two within the top 5): Michigan [#21], Michigan State [#15], Penn State [#13], Wisconsin [#5], and Ohio State [#4]).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to visit the Hoosiers of Indiana in two weeks (yep, our bye week really early in the season ).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Miami (#8) losing to LSU (#15).
Michigan State (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State by three (3) points.
Florida State (#19) losing to Virginia Tech (#20).
Florida (#25) losing to unranked Kentucky.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#2) defeating unranked Texas A&M by two (2) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Georgia (#3) defeating South Carolina (#24).
Stanford (#10) defeating USC (#17).

College Football 2018, Week One!

September 2, 2018

In the college football pre-season AP rankings, the Michigan State Spartans are ranked #11 (with four other Big Ten teams also ranked: Michigan [#14], Penn State [#10], Ohio State [#5], and Wisconsin [#4]) — it could prove to be an interesting season, especially in the talent-laden Big Ten East.  Time will tell if these high expectations are warranted . . . until then, I remain optimistic.  The pre-season award watch list accolades for the Spartans (that I’ve been able to find) include:

The Spartans opened their season against the Utah State Aggies this week (Friday night).  Michigan State managed to win (by just a touchdown), but it was certainly a challenge with the Spartans scoring the go ahead touchdown with just two minutes left in the game.  Still to come this first week of college football, a couple of top-25 match-ups: Miami (#8) versus LSU (#25) later today, and on Monday evening: Virginia Tech (#20) versus Florida State (#19).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road against the Sun Devils of Arizona State.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Washington (#6) losing to Auburn (#9).
Texas (#23) losing to unranked Maryland by five (5) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Penn State (#10) defeating unranked Appalachian State by a touchdown in overtime.
Michigan State (#11) defeating unranked Utah State by a touchdown.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#12) defeating Michigan (#14).

Big Ten Conference Championship 2017!

December 3, 2017

The regular season of football has officially come to a close.  Wisconsin [#4] finished undefeated atop the Big Ten West Division while Ohio State [#8] survived the rigorous East Division, its only conference loss coming on the road at Iowa.  Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes who were crowned Champions of the Big Ten Conference.  It has been a thrilling season full of victories, defeats, upsets, rivalries, disappointments, and unbridled joy!  This is what makes college football so much fun to watch — you just never know what is going to occur from one week to the next.  Rankings and win/loss records don’t always guarantee a victory.  Many an underdog has managed to derail the plans of a ranked or favored opponent.  So, on Tuesday we will find out which four teams actually make the College Football Playoff.  Regardless of who does or does not get the “invitation” to the college football playoff this year, seven (7) teams from the Big Ten, including the Spartans who finished second in the East behind Ohio State, will be getting invitations to play in bowl games over the coming weeks.  But, with the end of college football, comes the gearing up of conference play in college basketball . . . ah, and that means that March Madness is not far behind!  Go Green.

Some of the other conference championship results this weekend included:

Clemson (#1) defeating Miami (#7) to win the ACC Championship.
Oklahoma (#3) defeating TCU (#11) to win the Big-12 Championship.
Georgia (#6) defeating Auburn (#2) to win the SEC Championship.
Ohio State (#8) defeating Wisconsin (#4) by six (6) points to win the Big Ten Championship.
USC (#12) defeating Stanford (#12) by three (3) points to win the Pac-12 Championship.
UCF (#14) defeating Memphis (#20) by seven (7) points in double overtime to win the AAC Conference Championship.
Unranked Boise State defeating Fresno State (#25) by three (3) points to win the Mountain West Championship.

College Football 2017, Week Thirteen!

November 26, 2017

The regular season has now come to a close and the Spartans finished out the regular season with a win on the road against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  There continue to be five Big Ten teams in the CFP top-25 (Wisconsin [#5], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#10], Michigan State [#16], and Northwestern [#22]) and following the week’s action, only two undefeated teams at the close of the regular season (Wisconsin and UCF).  Conference Championships will be played next weekend and for the Big Ten it will feature Wisconsin against Ohio State.   And with the top two teams losing this week, there could be a serious shake-up in this week’s CFP top-25.  Next up for the Spartans: a bowl game.  Woot!  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Alabama (#1) losing to Auburn (#6)
Miami (#2) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.
Notre Dame (#8) losing to Stanford (#21).
Washington State (#13) losing to Washington (#17).
Mississippi State (#14) losing to unranked Ole Miss.
Boise State (#23) losing to unranked Fresno State.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
UCF (#15) defeating unranked South Florida by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating South Carolina (#24).

College Football 2017, Week Twelve!

November 19, 2017

In their last home game of the season, the Spartans managed to win yet another close game in what looked like positively miserable conditions (rain, sleet, snow).    But a win is a win, and today’s win was the Spartan’s eighth of the season which puts them in second place of the Big Ten East division (tied with Penn State, and one game behind Ohio State).  A vast improvement over last year’s 3-9 record.    There currently are six (6) Big Ten teams in the College Football Playoff top-25 (undefeated Wisconsin, [#5], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#10], Michigan State [#17], Northwestern [#23], and Michigan [#24]).  Next up for the Spartans: their last regular season game on the road to visit the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma State (#13) losing to unranked Kansas State by five (5) points.
NC State (#19) losing to unranked Wake Forest by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Notre Dame (#8) defeating unranked Navy by seven (7) points.
USC (#11) defeating unranked UCLA by five (5) points.
Mississippi State (#16) defeating unranked Arkansas by seven (7) points.
Washington (#18) defeating unranked Utah by three (3) points.
Stanford (#22) defeating unranked Cal by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Wisconsin (#5) defeating Michigan (#24).

College Football 2017, Week Eleven!

November 12, 2017

The Spartans were on the road this week to face an angry and motivated Ohio State squad . . . it did not go well at all for the Spartans.  Alas.  The Big Ten has somehow managed to get six teams in the top-25 (Wisconsin [#8], Michigan State [#12], Ohio State [#13], Penn State [#14], Iowa [#20], and Northwestern [#25]).  And, speaking of the top-25, there are still four (4) undefeated teams remainng: Alabama [#2], Miami [#7], Wisconsin [#8], and UCF [#18].  Next up for the Spartans: at home to host the Terrapins of Maryland.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Georgia (#1) losing to Auburn (#10).
Notre Dame (#3) losing to Miami (#7).
Washington (#9) losing to unranked Stanford.
Michigan State (#12) losing to Ohio State (#13).
Virginia Tech (#17) losing to unranked Georgia Tech by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Alabama (#2) defeating Mississippi State (#16) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating Iowa State (#21) by seven points.
NC State (#23) defeating unranked Boston College by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#2) defeating Mississippi State (#16) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#5) defeating TCU (#6).
Wisconsin (#8) defeating Iowa (#20).
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating Iowa State (#21) by seven points.

College Football 2017, Week Ten!

November 5, 2017

Oh what a difference a week makes.  The Spartans won another close game, this time against the #7 Nitanny Lions of Penn State and claim their share of the lead of the B1G East with Ohio State.  Woohoo, what a game!  There continue to be four Big Ten teams in the College Playoff rankings (Ohio State [#6], Penn State [#7], Wisconsin [#9], and Michigan State [#24).  Following the games (and numerous upsets of higher ranked teams) this weekend, there should be yet another shake-up in the College Playoff rankings.  Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Buckeyes of Ohio State.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#6) losing to unranked Iowa.
Penn State (#7) losing to Michigan State (#24)
Iowa State (#15) losing to unranked West Virginia by four (4) points.
Stanford (#21) losing to Washington State (#25).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#4) defeating North Carolina State (#20) by seven (7) points.
UCF (#18) defeating unranked SMU by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#2) defeating LSU (#19).
Clemson (#4) defeating North Carolina State (#20) by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma (#5) defeating Oklahoma State (#11).
Miami (#10) defeating Virginia Tech (#13).
USC (#17) defeating Arizona (#22).

College Football 2017, Week Nine!

October 29, 2017

The Spartans had their chances to win this one in regulation (a fumble in the red zone and two missed field goals), but ultimately fell short in the third overtime on the road against the Wildcats of Northwestern.  And, while there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the AP top-25 (Penn State [#2], Wisconsin [#5], Ohio State [#6], and Michigan State [#16]), in light of this week’s match-up between Penn State and Ohio State (with Ohio State pulling out the victory) these rankings may shuffle a bit.  Next up for the Spartans: at home to take on the Nitanny Lions of Penn State.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Penn State (#2) losing to Ohio State (#6) by one point.
TCU (#4) losing to Iowa State (#25) by seven (7) points.
Washington (#15) losing to unranked Arizona.
Michigan State (#16) losing to unranked Northwestern in triple overtime.
South Florida (#17) losing to unranked Houston by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#8) defeating unranked North Carolina by five (5) points.
Stanford (#20) defeating unranked Oregon State by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#9) defeating NC State (#14).
Oklahoma State (#11) defeating West Virginia (#22).

College Football 2017, Week Eight!

October 22, 2017

The Spartans continue to win! Despite trailing at the end of the third quarter, Michigan State found their offense in the fourth quarter for a come from behind victory over the Hoosiers of Indiana.   In the top-25, there are only eight (8) undefeated teams remaining and there continue to be five Big Ten teams in the rankings (Penn State [#2], Wisconsin [#5], Ohio State [#6], Michigan State [#18], and Michigan [#19]).   Next up for the Spartans: back on the road to take on the Wildcats of Northwestern.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
USC (#11) losing to Notre Dame (#13).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#9) defeating unranked Kansas State by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma State (#10) defeating unranked Texas by three (3) points in overtime.
South Florida (#16) defeating unranked Tulane by six (6) points.
West Virginia (#23) defeating unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Memphis (#25) defeating unranked Houston by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Penn State (#2) defeating Michigan (#19).