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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).

The Wait is Over!

November 12, 2016

Even though the Michigan State Spartan football team has been having a bit of a down year (okay, more than a bit), yesterday marked the official start of the Men’s NCAA Basketball season and had the Spartans (#12) facing off against the Wildcats of the University of Arizona (#10).  Unf0rtunately, the Spartans fell to the Wildcats (by two points).  Alas.

The Spartans have a brutal non-conference schedule which includes possible games against other ranked opponents (Kentucky, Louisville, and Duke), and that’s just in November.

And, we have already had a couple of upsets in college basketball: UConn (#18) losing to unranked Wagner and Kansas (#3) losing to Indiana (#11).  The Madness has begun and it’s not even March yet!  It is going to be a great basketball season.

Go Green!

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.

College Football 2016, Week Eight!

October 24, 2016

The Spartans were on the road again this week (to visit the Maryland Terrapins) and lost their fifth game in a row; I think it is safe to say that there will be no “bowl” game in our future this year.  There are only nine (9) unbeaten teams remaining in the AP top-25. The Big Ten Conference now has five (5) teams in the AP top-25 (three (3) in the top-10):  Michigan [#2], Ohio State [#6], Nebraska [#7], Wisconsin [#11], and Penn State [#24].

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

The upsets this week included:
Ohio State (#2) losing to unranked Penn State by three (3) points.
Houston (#11) losing to unranked SMU.
Arkansas (#17) losing to Auburn (#21).
Ole Miss (#23) losing to LSU (#25).

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Boise State (#14) defeating BYU byh one (1) point.
Oklahoma (#16) defeating unranked Texas Tech by seven (7) points.
Utah (#19) defeating unranked UCLA by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Texas A&M (#6).

College Football 2016, Week Seven!

October 16, 2016

The Spartans lost their fourth game in a row (to Northwestern in East Lansing) . . . Obviously a rebuilding year, but yikes! There are only eleven unbeaten teams remaining in the AP Top-25 (seven of the top ten). More surprisingly, there are seven (7) teams on this list that already have two losses (three of which are SEC teams) and one (1) team that has three losses.  But, regardless, the Big Ten Conference continues to have four teams in the top-10:   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#4], Wisconsin [#8],  and Nebraska [#10].

Next up for the Spartans: on the road against the Terrapins of Maryland.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Ole Miss (#12) losing to Arkansas (#22) by four (4) points.
Miami (#16) losing to unranked North Carolina by seven (7) points.
Virginia Tech (#17) losing to unranked Syracuse
Utah (#21) defeating unranked Oregon State by five (5) points..

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Ohio State (#2) defeating Wisconsin (#8) by seven (7) points in overtime.
Clemson (#3) defeating unranked North Carolina State by seven (7) points in overtime.
Nebraska (#10) defeating unranked Indiana by five (5) points.
Houston (#13) defeating unranked Tulsa by seven (7) points.
Boise State (#15) defeating unranked Colorado State by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Ohio State (#2) defeating Wisconsin (#8) by seven (7) points in overtime.

College Football 2016, Week Six!

October 9, 2016

Well, the Spartans are in a skid and have now lost three in a row (this hasn’t happened since 2009), so they had better figure out what’s wrong, and do it soon or an already disappointing season could just get worse (especially with Michigan (#4) and Ohio State (#2) still to be played).  Regardless, the Big Ten continues to have four teams in the top-25:   Ohio State [#2], Michigan [#4], Wisconsin [#11], and Nebraska [#12].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Wildcats of Northwestern.   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Houston (#6) losing to unranked Navy by six (6) points.
Miami (#10) losing to Florida State (#23) by one (1)point.
Stanford (#15) losing to unranked Washington State.
North Carolina (#17) losing to Virginia Tech (#25).
Colorado (#21) losing to unranked USC by four (4) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma (#20) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Arkansas (#16).
Texas A&M (#8) defeating Tennessee (#9) by seven (7) points in double overtime.

College Football 2016, Week Five!

October 2, 2016

The upsets continue in college football, including the Michigan State Spartans who dropped another game in overtime to the Indiana Hoosiers.  This recent loss should see the Spartans’ exit from the top twenty-five.  The Big Ten should continue to have four teams in the top twenty-five  (Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, and Wisconsin).

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Cougars of BYU.   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Louisville (#3) losing to Clemson (#5) by six (6) points..
Stanford (#7) losing to Washington (#10).
Florida State (#12) losing to unranked North Carolina by two (2) points.
Michigan State (#17) losing to the unranked Indiana by three (3) points in overtime.
Utah (#18) losing to unranked Cal by five (5) points.
San Diego State (#19) losing to unranked South Alabama.
TCU (#21) losing to unranked Oklahoma by six (6) points.
Texas (#22) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Baylor (#13) defeating unranked Iowa State by three (3) points.
Florida (#23) defeating unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Michigan (#4) defeating Wisconsin (#8) by seven (7) points.
Tennessee (#11) defeating Georgia (#25) by three (3) points.

College Football 2016, Week Three!

September 18, 2016

block_sWoohoo!  This week the Spartans traveled to Notre Dame where they were the prohibitive underdogs yet they still managed to find a way to win!  Congratulations Sparty on an excellent victory!  Here it is only the third week of the season and there are already three teams in the top-25 who have two losses (Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and Notre Dame — all three have lost all of their games to currently ranked opponents).  The Big Ten Conference has five teams in the AP top-25 rankings (three in the top-10):   Ohio State [#3], Michigan [#4], Wisconsin [#9],  Michigan State [#12], and Iowa [#13].

Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Wisconsin Badgers (#9).   Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Florida State (#2) losing to Louisville (#10).
Texas (#11) losing to unranked California.
Iowa (#13) losing to unranked North Dakota State by two (2) points.
Oregon (#22) losing to unranked Nebraska by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Ole Miss (#19) by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#9) defeating unranked Georgia State by only six (6) points.
Georgia (#16) defeating  unranked Missouri by one (1) point.
LSU (#20) defeating unranked Mississippi State by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Alabama (#1) defeating Ole Miss (#19) by five (5) points.
Ohio State (#3) defeating Oklahoma (#14).
Michigan State (#12) defeating Notre Dame (#18).