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College Football 2018, Week Twelve!

November 18, 2018

The Spartans once again dropped from the polls after losing to a higher-ranked team (just after being reinserted in the polls after a couple of wins against non-ranked opponents).  Polling shenanigans perhaps (to ensure Ohio State would face another “ranked” opponent for their resume?)?  On the road against the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, Michigan State continued their offensive meltdown and could only muster two field goals to the Cornhusker’s three.  Wow, I am underwhelmed.  The Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#9], Penn State [#16], and Northwestern [#24]).  And, there continue to be only four undefeated teams remaining: Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#3], and UCF [#11].

Next up for the Spartans, at home to face the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
West Virginia (#9) losing to unranked Oklahoma State by four (4) points.
Boston College (#20) losing to unranked Florida State by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#10) defeating unranked Maryland by one (1) point.
Utah State (#2 ) defeating unranked Colorado State by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#3) defeated Syracuse (#12).
UCF (#11) defeated Cincinnati (#24).
Texas (#15) defeated Iowa State (#16).

 

College Football 2018, Week Eleven!

November 11, 2018

Amazingly enough, the Spartan have climbed back into the AP top-25 (at #24), and also showed up in the College Football Playoff rankings at #18 this week.  We hosted the Buckeyes (#8/#10) of Ohio State yesterday and were totally unable to muster any offense of note.  Our defense kept the Buckeyes at bay for most of the game, but a couple of key mistakes in the fourth quarter by the Spartans were sufficient for the Buckeyes to capitalize on and capture the victory.   The Big Ten continues to have four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State [#24], Penn State [#21], Ohio State [#8], and Michigan [#4]); and five (5) teams in the College Football Playoff rankings: Michigan [#4], Ohio State [#10], Michigan State [#18], Penn State [#20], and Iowa [#21].   And, there are still only four (4) unbeated teams in either poll: Alabama (#1), Clemson (#2), Notre Dame (#3), and UCF (#11).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to face the Cornhuskers of the University of Nebraska.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Kentucky (#11) losing to unranked Tennessee.
NC State (#14) losing to unranked Wake Forest by four (4) points.
Iowa (#21) losing to unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Fresno State (#23) losing to unranked Boise State by seven (7) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#6) defeating unranked Oklahoma State by one (1) point.
LSU (#7) defeating unranked Arkansas by seven (7) points.
Florida (#15) defeating unranked South Carolina by four (4) points.
Texas (#19) defeating unranked Texas Tech by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Mississippi State (#16).
Clemson (#2) defeating Boston College (#17).
Georgia (#5) defeating Auburn (#24).
Ohio State (#10) defeating Michigan State (#18).

College Football 2018, Week Ten!

November 4, 2018

The Spartans were on the road this week visiting Maryland and were able to come away with the win.  Woot!  The Big Ten has four (4) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Iowa [#19], Penn State [#14], Ohio State [#8]), and Michigan [#5] and there are currently four undefeated teams remaining (Alabama [#1], Clemson [#2], Notre Dame [#4], and UCF [#12]).

Next up for the Spartans, at  home to face the Buckeyes of Ohio State University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Utah (#15) losing to unranked Arizona State.
Florida (#11) losing to unranked Missouri.
Iowa (#16) losing to unranked Purdue by two (2) points.
Texas A&M (#20) losing to unranked Auburn by four (4) points.
Virginia (#25) losing to unranked Pittsburgh.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#7) defeating unranked Texas Tech by five (5) points.
Washington State (#8) defeating unranked Cal by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#10) defeating unranked Nebraska by five (5) points.
West Virginia (#13) defeating Texas (#17) by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#5) defeating Penn State (#14).
Georgia (#6) defeating Kentucky (#9).
West Virginia (#13) defeating Texas (#17) by one (1) point.

College Football 2018, Week Eight!

October 21, 2018

The injuries are starting to really impact the Spartans, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  The Spartans were unable to generate much offense at all (credit the Wolverine defense) and lost to their in-state rivals, the University of Michigan.  Alas!  The Big Ten now has six (6) teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll (for now): Michigan State [#24], Wisconsin [#23], Iowa [#19], Penn State [#18],  Michigan [#6], and Ohio State [#2]).

Next up for the Spartans, at home to face the Boilermakers of Purdue University (who upset the Buckeyes of Ohio State last weekend).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#2) losing to unranked Purdue.
Oregon (#12) losing to Washington State (#25).
Cincinnati (#20) losing to unranked Temple by seven (7) points in overtime.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Kentucky (#14) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.
Penn State (#18) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating NC State (#16).
LSU (#5) defeating Mississippi State (#22).
Michigan (#6) defeating Michigan State (#24).

College Football 2018, Week Seven!

October 14, 2018

The Spartans win!!!! With :19 seconds left in the 4th quarter, on the road, against a top-ten opponent, the unranked Spartans scored the go-ahead touchdown to defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions!  The Big Ten continues to have four teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Wisconsin [#15], Michigan [#12], Penn State [#8], and Ohio State [#3]); the Spartans were dropped from the rankings following their loss last week to Northwestern, but will yesterday’s win vault them back into the top-25?

Next up for the Spartans, at home to face the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Georgia (#2) losing to LSU (#13).
West Virginia (#6) losing to unranked Iowa State.
Washington (#7) losing to Oregon (#17) by three (3) points in overtime.
Penn State (#8) losing to unranked Michigan State by four (4) points.
Miami (#16) losing to unranked Virginia by three (3) points.
Colorado (#19) losing to unranked USC.
Auburn (#21) losing to unranked Tennessee by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Notre Dame (#5) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by five (5) points.
Texas (#9) defeating unranked Baylor by six (6) points.
UCF (#10) defeating unranked Memphis by one (1) point.
Texas A&M (#22) defeating unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
South Florida (#23) defeating unranked Tulsa by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#12) defeating Wisconsin (#15).

College Football 2018, Week Six!

October 7, 2018

The Spartans continue to have injury problems (in key positions), and have been finding ways to win regardless, but not this week.  This week the Spartans hosted the Wildcats of Northwestern who managed to play the Wolverines very competitively last weekend.  The Spartans have had difficulty against Northwestern in the past and yesterday’s contest proved to be more of the same as the Wildcats managed the win on Michigan State’s homecoming!  Alas.   The Big Ten continues to have five teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll (but the Spartans may be dropped after this most recent loss): Michigan State [#20], Wisconsin [#16], Michigan [#15], Penn State [#11], and Ohio State [#3]).

Next up for the Spartans, on the road to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
LSU (#5) losing to Florida (#22).
Oklahoma (#7)  losing to Texas (#19) by three (3) points.
Auburn (#8) losing to unranked Mississippi State.
Kentucky (#13) losing to unranked Texas A&M by six (6) points in overtime.
Stanford (#14) losing to unranked Utah.
Michigan State (#20) losing to unranked Northwestern.
Oklahoma State (#25) losing to unranked Iowa State by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Washington (#10) defeating unranked UCLA by seven (7) points.
Miami (#17) defeating unranked Florida State by one (1) point.
Colorado (#21) defeating unranked Arizona State by seven (7) points.
NC State (#23) defeating unranked Boston College by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Notre Dame (#6) defeating Virginia Tech (#24).

College Football 2018, Week Five!

September 30, 2018

The Spartans had another non-conference game this week, the Chippewas of Central Michigan, and after allowing the Chips a field goal in their opening drive, the Spartans reeled off the next 31 points to put the game away before giving up the final seventeen point of the game in the fourth quarter to Central Michigan to greatly reduce the margin of victory.   The Big Ten continues to have five teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State [#21], Wisconsin [#15], Michigan [#14],  Penn State [#9], and Ohio State [#4]).

Next up for the Spartans, at home versus the Wildcats of Northwestern University.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Stanford (#7) losing to Notre Dame (#8).
Duke (#22) losing to unranked Virginia Tech.
Mississippi State (#23) losing to unranked Florida by seven (7) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Clemson (#3) defeating unranked Syracuse by four (4) points.
Ohio State (#4) defeating Penn State (#9) by one (1) point.
Michigan (#14) defeating unranked Northwestern by three (3) points.
Texas (#18) defeating unranked Kansas by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#4) defeating Penn State (#9) by one (1) point.
Washington (#11) defeating BYU (#20).
West Virginia (#12) defeating Texas Tech (#25).
Oregon (#19) defeating Cal (#24).

College Football 2018, Week Four!

September 23, 2018

The Spartans are coming off of their “bye” week and traveled to Indiana to open their Big Ten season.  The Spartans were able to pull away for the victory.  The Big Ten continues to have five teams ranked in the AP top-25 poll: Michigan State [#24], Michigan [#19], Wisconsin [#18], Penn State [#10], and Ohio State [#4]).

Next up for the Spartans, at home versus the Chippewas of Central Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Virginia Tech (#13) losing to unranked Old Dominion.
Mississippi State (#14) losing to unranked Kentucky.
Oklahoma State (#15) losing to unranked Texas Tech.
TCU (#17) losing to unranked Texas.
Boston College (#23) losing to unranked Purdue.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#5) defeating unranked Army by seven (7) points in overtime.
Stanford (#7) defeating Oregon (#20) by seven (7) points in overtime.
Washington (#10) defeating Arizona State by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Texas A&M (#22).
Stanford (#7) defeating Oregon (#20) by seven (7) points in overtime.

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).