Maybe Michigan State Football Still Hasn’t Bottomed Out Yet


Clarence “Biggie”Munn must be rolling in his grave at what’s become of Michigan State football in 2016.

Biggie Biggie Biggie, Can’t you see, this team seemingly quit on Coach D.

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Michigan State Football vs Northwestern Game Preview, Prediction

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As Nathaniel Hawthorne famously wrote “families are always rising and falling in America.” It’s the same with B1G programs. The Golden Age of Michigan State football, and thus of MSU athletics, is over for now. Not saying it’s over for good, but it is for now and I really don’t think the Spartans have hit rock bottom yet.

I think there’s still plenty more plunging and “SPARTY NOOOOOOOO” moments to come. I think we’ll see a few in Spartan Stadium on Saturday too.

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2017 NFL mock draft 10-13-16


In our 2017 NFL mock draft, we based the order on a hybrid of three facets: the latest Chicago Tribune NFL power rankings, the current NFL standings and our speculation of how the league will play itself out during the remaining three quarters of the season the post-season.

Team needs were sometimes, but not always taken into account, as team needs are a very fluid situation.

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

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Michigan State Football: Golden Age Over, At Least For Now

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Well, it was sure fun while it lasted- this idea that the Michigan State football program had reached “reload, not rebuild status.”

And thanks for the memories “who nationally has it better than us” memes with pictures of Michigan State football Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. On the weekend that Michigan State basketball began practicing, we learned that the 2016 Michigan State football season was a lost cause.

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Bulls G/F Denzel Valentine was Named After Denzel Washington


“A body like Arnold with a Denzel face,” Salt n Pepa rapped in their 1993 hit “What a man.” They’re referring to actors Arnold Schwarznegger and Denzel Washington, and it turns out the latter has indeed inspired a namesake who’s gone on to become famous in his own right.

Denzel Valentine is the only other Denzel that anyone has ever heard of; that’s not a coincidence. The argument is now settled.

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Tyler O’Connor Looking Like a True, Legit Michigan State QB


Life after Connor Cook is going much smoother, at least initially, than life after Kirk Cousins for Michigan State.

Tyler O’Connor was much more ready to step in and assume the position than Andrew Maxwell was. It helps that O’Connor started, arguably, Michigan State‘s biggest win of the 2015 season and thus had more real experience than Cousins’ successors had.

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#18 Notre Dame Football Beat By #12 Michigan State: What We Learned


Notre Dame football Coach Brian Kelly took ownership of all that went wrong on defense for his team tonight.

“Those are the guys we have. We can’t trade em, they’re not getting cut. We recruited them, so I don’t want to hear anybody– I told our staff: Those are our guys, so we’ve gotta get ’em better,” Kelly said.

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#12 Michigan State Football Defeats #18 Notre Dame: What We Learned


Before tonight’s contest kicked off, we had the chance to say to this Michigan State football team: “Congratulations on completing your preseason. Welcome to the regular season now Michigan State!” It’s extremely rare for a team to get a bye in week two, especially when that off week comes after facing a lowly FCS foe.

Thus it’s not until week three that Michigan State football played a real team in a real game. What an oddity.

However, what a performance it truly was.

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#12 Michigan State Football vs #18 Notre Dame: Game Preview, Prediction


It’s the golden anniversary of the game of the century; and also a former Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coaches Bowl. Notre Dame football renews their rivalry with Michigan State football on Saturday night and it’s a series (lately at least) that has been as exciting and as interesting as college football can be.

If the game plays out the way it looks on paper, it’ll be another tight one. To quote Spandau Ballet, “I know this. Much is. True;” as the last ten MSU-ND match-ups have been decided by an average of 1.3 ppg.

The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.


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Notre Dame Football News and Notes: Pre-Michigan State Edition

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As we head into a pretty huge game for Notre Dame football under the lights on Saturday night, here are some ND news, notes, nuggets and tidbits. The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.

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2016 Michigan State Football Season Preview, Predictions

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Under Coach Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football has reached new heights that even ESPN’s favorite Coach, Nick Saban, couldn’t achieve. The 2010s have brought a brave new world. Congrats to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis, who now has a football program on par with his basketball program. It’s Golden Age of MSU athletics, as double digit win football seasons are now routine.

This season does present new and tougher challenges though as the Spartans must replace Connor Cook, Shilique Calhoun and much more.

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Michigan St. DL Malik McDowell Potential Top 10 NFL Draft Pick

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Perhaps Coach Mark Dantonio said it best: “If you’re a starter for us, right now for Michigan State with the success that we’ve had, you have the opportunity to go play at the next level.”

Indeed, when you’re piling up 11 win seasons and getting into New Year’s Bowls with regularity, you become a NFL Draft prospect factory. Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell is definitely up next.

“He’s a great athlete, unbelievable football player,” said Michigan State Tight End Josiah Price.

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