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College Football 2017, Week Seven!

October 15, 2017

Following their win over ranked Michigan last week, the Spartans found themselves ranked in the top 25 (the first time since the 2015 season) which raised the number of ranked Big Ten teams to five (Penn State [#3], Wisconsin [#7], Ohio State [#9], Michigan [#17], and Michigan State [#21]).  The Spartans hung on for the win against the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota. And, while playing great defense for three full quarters (despite several miscues), the Spartans allowed the Gophers to score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make for an exciting finish.   Next up for the Spartans: at home hosting the Hoosiers of Indiana.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Clemson (#2) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
Washington (#5) losing to unranked Arizona State.
Washington State (#8) losing to unranked California.
Auburn (#10) losing to unranked LSU by four (4) points.
San Diego State (#19) losing to unranked Boise State.
Texas Tech (#24) losing to unranked West Virginia.
Navy (#25) losing to unranked Memphis by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#11) defeating unranked Georgia Tech by one (1) point.
Oklahoma (#12) defeating unranked Texas by five (5) points.
Michigan (#17) defeating unranked Indiana by seven (7) points in overtime.
USC (#13) defeating unranked Utah by one (1) point.
Michigan State University (#21) defeating unranked Minnesota by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
None.

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College Football 2017, Week Six!

October 8, 2017

Twelve teams in the top-25 remain unbeaten as we complete the sixth week of the season, and there continues to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#9], and Ohio State [#10]).  The Spartans WIN (in dramatic fashion and amid sloppy conditions) against the Wolverines of the University of Michigan!   Woohoo!   A huge win at this point in the season which gives the Spartans more wins already in 2017 (four) than they had all last year (three).  Next up for the Spartans: another road game, to visit the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma (#3) losing to unranked Iowa State by seven (7) points.
Michigan (#7) losing to unranked Michigan State by four (4) points.
Louisville (#16) losing to NC State (#24).
Utah (#20) losing to unranked Stanford by three (3) points.
Florida (#21) losing to unranked LSU by one (1) point.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#13) defeating unranked Florida State by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
TCU (#8) defeating West Virginia (#23) by seven (7) points.

College Football 2017, Week Five!

October 1, 2017

We are about a third of the way through the season and there are only sixteen undefeated teams remaining within the top 25.  And, there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#10], and Ohio State [#11]).  In their Big Ten opener, the Spartan’s managed to pull a win at home against the Hawkeyes of Iowa, despite failing to score in the second half.  Next up for the Spartans: on the road to visit their cross-state rival, the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
USC (#5) losing to Washington State (#16) by three (3) points.
LSU (#25) losing to unranked Troy by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Oklahoma State (#15) defeating unranked Texas Tech by seven (7) points.
San Diego State (#19) defeating unranked Northern Illinois by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#2) defeating Virginia Tech (#12).
Auburn (#13) defeating Mississippi State (#24).

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).

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 . . .

March Madness 2017, Down to Sixteen!

March 20, 2017

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut to the Sweet Sixteen.  As with the first round of games, there were a couple of surprises (a #1 seed, two #2 seeds, and one #3 seed all lost this round). The biggest surprise?  Villanova (#1 overall seed and the first #1 seed to lose) losing to Wisconsin (#8 seed).  But several close games and several lower seeds moving on.  All in all, a very entertaining weekend of play for college basketball fans.  The Madness continues!

Next up for the Spartans?  No one . . . . until next season!    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament during the second round this first weekend included:
Villanova (#1) losing to Wisconsin (#8).
Louisville (#2) losing to Michigan (#7).
Duke (#2) losing to South Carolina (#7)
Florida State (#3) losing to Xavier (#11).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Michigan (#7)

South Regional (top four seeds advanced)
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
West Virginia (#4)
Xavier (#11)

March Madness 2017, Down to Thirty-Two!

March 18, 2017

The Spartans win!  The first round of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut in half.  The first full-day of games had only a couple of surprises and both involved the higher-seeded Big Ten school going down in defeat (Minnesota [#5] and Maryland [#6]).   Day two found only a couple more “upsets” — Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State and Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).  Tom Izzo worked his March magic as the Spartans found a way, following a very slugging start, to get the win.

Next up for the Spartans:  a Sunday game in the Tulsa Regional Final where they will face the Jayhawks from Kansas . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament this first weekend included:
Minnesota (#5) losing to Middle Tennessee State (#12).
Maryland (#6) losing to Xavier (#11)
SMU (#6) losing to USC (#11)
Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State (#10)
Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Duke (#2)
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
Virginia (#5)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)
USC (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Louisville (#2)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Iowa State (#5)
Michigan (#7)
Michigan State (#9)
Rhode Island (#11)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)
Cincinnati (#6)
Arkansas (#8)
Wichita State (#10)
Middle Tennessee State (#12)

East Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
Florida State (#3)
West Virginia (#4)
Notre Dame (#5)
St. Mary’s (#7)
Northwestern (#8)
Xavier (#11)

 

Selection Sunday 2017!

March 12, 2017

It has arrived . . . March Madness!  Later today, the field will be selected for the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament.  Is your team in?  My team (Michigan State, Go Green!) is not guaranteed entry this year, but I remain hopeful that their rigorous non-conference schedule, coupled with more than a couple of key players out with injuries (before the season even began), coupled with still managing to play above .500 in Big Ten play, coupled with very few upperclassmen with a good showing in the Big Ten Tournament, will earn them a berth in the tournament.  But if not . . . there is always next year!  Here are some helpful links as we begin the Road to the Final Four in earnest.  Tulsa’s BOK Center is hosting some of the regional games this year (Friday and Sunday games for the East and Midwest Regionals) and I will be at each and every game!  Woot!  I love this time of year!

Tournament Schedule
Joe Lunardi’s latest “Bracketology
Tournament Challenge (create your brackets now)