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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).

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).

They Are The Champions!

April 3, 2018

Congratulations are in order for Villanova Wildcats who successfully navigated March Madness and the Road to the Final Four culminating in their NCAA College Basketball Tournament victory last night over the Michigan Wolverines.  It was an awesome season with a lot of great games (and more than the usual share of surprises along the way).  This is what makes college basketball so much fun (and aggravating at the same time, go figure).  Next up . . . the start of major league baseball and only a five month wait until the start of college football (and the Michigan State Spartans are in the way too early pre-season top-25 — woohoo!).

Final Four, 2018!

March 26, 2018

Is the cream starting to rise to the top?  There are still a a couple of “blue blood” teams left in the tournament, but the lower seeds continue to win.  Loyola University-Chicago (#11) continued its Cinderella story by advanced to the elite eight and then on to the Final Four!  On Thursday, only one of the higher seeds advanced (Michigan [#3]); whereas on Friday, only one of the higher seeds did NOT advance (Purdue [#2]).  On Saturday and Sunday all of the higher seeds advanced except for #9 Kansas State who could not get past this year’s Cinderella, Loyola-Chicago.  On to San Antonio next weekend for the Final Four!

Sweet Sixteen games
Villanova (#1) defeated West Virginia (#5)
Kansas (#1) defeated Clemson (#5) by four (4) points.
Duke (#2) defeated Syracuse (#11) by four (4) points.
Michigan (#3) defeated Texas A&M (#7)
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Purdue (#2)
Florida State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#4)
Kansas State (#9) defeated Kentucky (#5) by three (3) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeated Nevada (#7) by one (1) point.

In the regional finals, there was only one #1/#2 matchup (Kansas/Duke in the midwest); a #1/#3 matchup (Villanova/Texas Tech in the east), a #3/#9 matchup (Michigan/Florida State in the West), and a #9/#11 matchup (Kansas State/Loyola Chicago) in the south).

Elite Eight games
Villanova (#1) defeating Texas Tech (#3)
Kansas (#1) defeating Duke (#2) by four (4) points in overtime.
Michigan (#3) defeating Florida State (#9) by four (4) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeating Kansas State (#9).

The madness continues.  Congratulations to the four teams who survived the second weekend to arrive at the Final Four.

The
East Regional Champs
Villanova (#1)

will play . . . the

Midwest Regional Champs
Kansas (#1),

and, the

South Regional Champs
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

will play . .  the

West Regional Champs
Michigan (#3).

Sweet Sixteen, 2018!

March 19, 2018

History was made this weekend when a #1 seed (Virginia) was defeated by a #16 seed (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) for the first-time ever in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations to UMBC!  Virginia was not the only “favored” seed to not survive the first weekend . . . eight (8) other higher-seeded teams lost in the first round: Arizona (#4), Wichita State (#4), TCU (#6), Miami (#6), Arkansas (#7), Missouri (#8), Creighton (#8), and Virginia Tech (#8).  Then in round two, the upsets continued with six (6) additional “favored” teams losing: Xavier (#1), North Carolina (#2), Cincinnati (#2), Tennessee (#3), Michigan State (#3), Auburn (#4).  Madness indeed.  The Michigan State Spartans took care of business to win their opening-round game against a formidable Bucknell team on Friday, but were unable to handle Syracuse’s zone defense and lost by two (2) points yesterday thus ending their season.   Congratulations are in order for the “Sweet Sixteen” survivors of the first weekend.  Good luck one and all next week!  Let the Madness continue?

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Purdue (#2)
Texas Tech (#3)
West Virginia (#5)

South Regional
Kentucky (#5)
Nevada (#7)
Kansas State (#9)
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Duke (#2)
Clemson (#5)
Syracuse (#11)

West Regional
Michigan (#3)
Gonzaga (#4)
Texas A&M (#7)
Florida State (#9)