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College Football 2017, Week Four!

September 24, 2017

Michigan State managed to play very poorly in their loss to Notre Dame this week . . . but there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#9], and Ohio State [#10]).  Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Hawkeyes of Iowa.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma State (#6) losing to TCU (#16).
Florida State (#12) losing to unranked NC State by six (6) points.
Oregon (#24) losing to unranked Arizona State by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Penn State (#4) defeating unranked Iowa by only two (2) points.
Florida (#20) defeating unranked Kentucky by only one (1) point.
San Diego State (#22) defeating unranked Air force by four (4) points.
Utah (#23) defeating unranked Arizona by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Georgia (#11) defeating Mississippi State (#17).

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College Football 2017, Week Three!

September 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Spartans have managed to have their bye week way too early in the season, alas!  . . . .  there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#5], Michigan [#7], Ohio State [#8], and Wisconsin [#10]).  The Big Ten continues to fare well and finished this week with a 9-2 win/loss record.  Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
LSU (#12) losing to Mississippi State.
Kansas (#18) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.
Stanford (#20) losing to unranked San Diego State by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#23) losing to Florida (#24) by six (6) points.
UCLA (#25) losing to unranked Memphis by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
USC (#4) defeated unranked Texas by three (3) points in double overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Louisville (#14).

College Football 2017, Week Two!

September 10, 2017

This week, there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Ohio State [#2], Penn State [#4],  Michigan [#8], and Wisconsin [#9]) and the Big Ten had another great week posting a 10-4 victory-versus-loss record.   The big surprise of the day had Ohio State (#2) losing at home to Oklahoma (#5).  And, it wasn’t a top-25 game, but Iowa was able to defeat Iowa State in double overtime! The Spartans managed another early season victory by defeating the Broncos of Western Michigan University.  Despite the Broncos’ lack of offense, they were able to score defensively on a scoop and score as well as on special teams with a kickoff returned for a touhdown.  Next up for the Spartans, a bye week, then at home against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in two weeks (9/23).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#2) losing to Oklahoma (#5).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Georgia (#15) defeating Notre Dame (#24) by only one (1) point.
Washington State (#20) defeating Boise State by three (3) points in triple overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Auburn (#13).
USC (#6) defeating Stanford (#14).
Georgia (#15) defeating Notre Dame (#24).
Virginia Tech (#21) defeating West Virginia (#22).

College Football 2017, Week One!

September 3, 2017

Following last year’s dismal showing (1-8 in the Big Ten, 3-9 overall), coupled with the off-field issues that have occurred recently, the Michigan State Spartans are looking to regroup this year.  Regardless of which pre-season poll you wish to consult, there are four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Michigan).    All in all, a great weekend for the Big Ten this weekend as they go 10-3 in their opening week games (and the three losses were to top-25 teams).  The Spartans began their season hosting the Falcons of Bowling Green State University yesterday and had no trouble handling the Falcons to start their season with a win!  Woohoo!  And there was even an upset of a top-25 team on this first week of the new season as Texas (#23) fell to unranked Maryland.  Let the fun that is college football, and the journey to the final four playoff teams, begin.  Next up for the Spartans, at home against the Broncos of Western Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Texas (#23) losing to unranked Maryland.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
None this week.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Florida State (#3).
Michigan (#11) defeating Florida (#17).
Virginia Tech (#21) plays West Virginia (#22) later today . . .

College Football 2016, Week Fourteen!

December 4, 2016

The Big Ten Conference crowned its conference champion yesterday!  Congratulations to the Nittany Lions of Penn State!

There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#5], Wisconsin [#6],  Penn State [#7], and Nebraska [#16].  Now we just have to wait until later today to see what the final College Football Playoff rankings will be!  Next on the schedule . . . bowl season!

The upsets during Conference Championship Week included:
Wisconsin (#6) losing to Penn State (#7) by seven (7) points.
Navy (#19) losing to unranked Temple.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
West Virginia (#16) defeating unranked Baylor by three (3) points.
Western Michigan (#17) defeating unranked Ohio by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Florida (#15).
Clemson (#3) defeating Virginia Tech (#23) by seven (7) points.
Washington (#4) defeating Colorado (#8).
Oklahoma (#9) defeating Oklahoma State (#10).

College Football 2016, Week Thirteen!

November 27, 2016

The regular season is drawing to a close . . . and the Spartans were once again over-matched against #7 Penn State.

There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#3], Wisconsin [#6],  Penn State[#7], and Nebraska [#16]. But following the Michigan/Ohio State  and other games this weekend, this may change (we’ll know on Tuesday evening).

Next up for the Spartans: No one, our season is over.  We’ll see what 2017 brings.   Now, on to college basketball where the Spartans have already  had their share of challenges in November.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#11) losing to unranked Kentucky by three (3) points.
Nebraska (#16) losing to unranked Iowa.
Tennessee (#17) losing to unranked Vanderbilt.
Boise State (#19) losing to unranked Air Force by seven (7) points.
Houston (#20) losing to unranked Memphis by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#2) defeated Michigan (#3) in double overtime by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeated Auburn (#13).
Ohio State (#2) defeated Michigan (#3) in double overtime by three (3) points.
Washington (#5) defeated Washington State (#23).
Colorado (#9) defeated Utah (#22) by five (5) points..
Florida State (#14) defeated Florida (#15).

College Football 2016, Week Twelve!

November 20, 2016

The Spartans played a great game, made a lot of Ohio State fans nervous, but fell a two-point conversion short of defeating the #2 ranked team in the country!  Alas!  All eyes are now on next week’s match-up between #2 Ohio State and #3 Michigan.  We shall see how the playoff picture changes (if at all) on Tuesday evening.

There are only two unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#3], Wisconsin [#7],  Penn State[#8], and Nebraska [#18].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit the Nittany Lions of Penn State.   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#5) losing to unranked Houston.
Utah (#12) losing to unranked Oregon by two (2) points.
LLSU (#16) losing to Florida (#23) by six (6) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#2) defeating unranked Michigan State by one (1) point.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oklahoma (#9) defeating West Virginia (#14).
Colorado (#10) defeating Washington State (#22).

College Football 2016, Week Eleven!

November 13, 2016

The Spartans have finally won a Big Ten game today against Rutgers!  Woohoo!  Unfortunately, with Ohio State and Penn State the last two games of the season, it may be their only Big Ten victory . . . but I will remain hopeful.  After this weekend of upsets (five top-ten teams lost), there are now only two (2) teams who remain unbeaten (Alabama and Western Michigan). And while the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Michigan [#3], Ohio State [#5], Wisconsin [#7],  Penn State [#10], and Nebraska [#19], these should change a bit this week.

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Buckeyes of Ohio State.   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Clemson (#2) losing to unranked Pittsburgh by one (1) point.
Michigan (#3) losing to unranked Iowa by one (1) point.
Washington (#4) losing to USC (#20)
Texas A&M (#8) losing to unranked Ole Miss by one (1) point.
Auburn (#9) losing to unranked Georgia by six (6) points.
Virginia Tech (#14) losing to unranked Georgia Tech.
North Carolina (#17) losing to unranked Duke by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma State (#13) defeating unranked Texas Tech by one (1) point.
West Virginia (#16) defeating unranked Texas by four (4) points.
Nebraska (#19) defeating unranked Minnesota by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
LSU (#24) defeating Arkansas (#25).

College Football 2016, Week Ten!

November 6, 2016

And the skid continues . . . yet another loss for the Spartans (that’s seven (7) in a row — the longest losing streak since 1982).  Alas.  Well, the first College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings were released this week . . . Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Texas A&M were the top four.  There are only five (5) unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Washington, and Western Michigan) and the Big Ten Conference has five teams in the CFP rankings (four in the top-10):   Michigan [#3], Ohio State [#6],  Wisconsin [#8], Nebraska [#10], and Penn State [#12].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (and the battle for the basement in the Big Ten East).   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Texas A&M (#4) losing to Mississippi State by seven (7) points.
Florida (#11) losing to unranked Arkansas.
Baylor (#17) losing to unranked TCU.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Auburn (#9) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.
Oklahoma State (#18) defeating unranked Kansas State by six (6) points.
Virginia Tech (#19) defeating unranked Duke by three (3) points.
Florida State (#22) defeating unranked North Carolina State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating LSU (#13).

College Football 2016, Week Nine!

October 30, 2016

The Spartan skid continues with their loss to the University of Michigan yesterday.  And, the number of undefeated teams continues to shrink.  There are now only five unbeaten teams remaining (Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, and Western Michigan).  The Big Ten Conference has five teams in the AP top-25 rankings:   Michigan [#2], Ohio State [#6],  Nebraska [#7], Wisconsin [#11], and Penn State [#24], but some of these may change slightly following yesterday’s games.

Next up for the Spartans: on the road to face the fighting Illini of Illinois.   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Nebraska (#7) losing to Wisconsin (#11) by six (6) points in overtime.
Baylor (#8) losing to unranked Texas by one (1) point.
West Virginia (#10) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.
Boise State (#13) losing to unranked Wyoming by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#18) losing to unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
Navy (#22) losing to unranked South Florida by seven (7) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Louisville (#5) defeating unranked Virginia by seven (7) points.
Ohio State (#6) defeating unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Virginia Tech (#25) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Florida State (#12) by three (3) points.
Washington (#4) defeating Utah (#17) by seven (7) points.