Posts Tagged ‘Upsets’

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).

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).

College Basketball 2018, Week Sixteen!

February 26, 2018

The Big Ten conference regular season has officially come to a close and the Spartans are the conference champions; and March is right around the corner.   The Spartans finished the season this week with wins over Illinois (at home) on Tuesday and then over Wisconsin (on the road) on Sunday and will enter the Big Ten Tournament later this week as the top seed.    The Big Ten continues to have four teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#9], Ohio State [#16], and Michigan [#17].

Next up for the Spartans: the Big Ten tournament where they earned a double-bye and won’t play their first game until Friday against the winner of Thursday’s game featuring Maryland (#8 seed) versus Wisconsin (#9 seed).

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#3) losing to unranked Creighton by six (6) points.
Texas Tech (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State and losing to Kansas (#8) by two (2) points.
Auburn (#12) losing to unranked Florida by six (6) points.
Arizona (#14) losing to unranked Oregon by five (5) points in overtime.
Clemson (#15) losing to unranked Virginia Tech.
Houston (#23) losing to unranked Memphis by six (6) points.
Florida State (#25) losing to unranked North Carolina State.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Wisconsin by five (5) points.
Gonzaga (#6) defeating unranked San Diego by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#10) defeating unranked Syracuse by four (4) points.
Wichita State (#13) defeating unranked SMU by six (6) points.
Ohio State (#16) defeating unranked Indiana by two (2) points in double overtime.
Rhode Island (#18) defeating unranked La Salle by two (2) points.
Tennessee (#19) defeating unranked Florida by five (5) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:

College Basketball 2018, Week Fifteen!

February 19, 2018

It is not yet March, but the “madness” has been going on all season as the list of ranked teams losing to unranked teams continued this week.  Following their big win over Purdue last week, the Spartans moved up to #2 in the rankings (in the AP-poll; they are #1 in the Coaches poll) and won easily (30-point margin) on the road at Minnesota on Tuesday but had to rally back from as many as 27 points down in the first half (we were down 22 points at the half) on the road at Northwestern on Saturday!  What a comeback win on the road (the largest comeback in Big Ten history)!  Woot!  After allowing the Wildcats to score 49 in the first half, the Spartans held them to only 11 points in the second half!  The Big Ten conference currently has four teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#6], Ohio State [#8], and Michigan [#22].

Next up for the Spartans: at home versus Illinois tomorrow (February 20th) and then finishing up the regular season on the road against Wisconsin on Sunday (February 25th).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Villanova (#3) losing to unranked Providence by five (5) points.
Cincinnati (#5) losing to unranked Houston by five (5) points and losing to Wichita State (#19) by four (4) points.
Purdue (#6) losing to unranked Wisconsin by four (4) points.
Texas Tech (#7) losing to unranked Baylor by two (2) points.
Ohio State (#8) losing to unranked Penn State and losing to Michigan (#22).
Auburn (#10) losing to unranked South Carolina.
Clemson (#11) losing to unranked Florida State by two (2) points and losing to Duke (#12).
Rhode Island (#16) losing to unranked St. Bonaventure by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#18) losing to unranked Georgia.
Texas A&M (#21) losing to unranked Missouri by four (4) points and losing to unranked Arkansas.
Oklahoma (#23) losing to unranked Texas.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Northwestern by five (5) points.
Purdue (#6) defeating unranked Penn State by three (3) points.
Kansas (#13) defeating unranked Iowa State by six (6) points.
Tennessee (#18) defeating unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
Nevada (#24) defeating unranked Boise State by five (5) points and defeating unranked Utah State by six (6) points..

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Villanova (#3) defeating Xavier (#4).
Texas Tech (#7) defeating Oklahoma (#23).
Kansas (#13) defeating West Virginia (#20).
Arizona (#17) defeating Arizona State (#25).