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College Basketball AP Poll - Week 13
I can’t believe how far Michigan State dropped after losing to Michigan. ESPECIALLY because of who is above us.
Florida hasn’t played anyone recently, I mean they are in the SEC for god sakes.
Kansas has FOUR losses, two of them weren’t even ranked teams (Villanova and Colorado).
Grrrr… I’m just bitter that MSU lost to Michigan, UGH! Good thing basketball isn’t like football, where every game matters. We still have the rest of the Big Ten season, the Big Ten Tournament, AND March Madness.
As soon as Payne and Dawson are back… it’s GAME ON!
The two remaining undefeated Big Ten teams will face off tonight.
#3 Michigan State hosts #21 Michigan at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI at 7pm EST.
MSU’s Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson and UM’s Mitch McGary are all out with injuries. This game is going to come down to these teams’ back courts in Gary Harris and Keith Appling vs. Nik Stauskas.
With all of that being said…
GO GREEN! GO WHITE! BEAT MICHIGAN!
Indiana took down #3 Wisconsin and served them the first loss of the season!
Bowl season and the Big Ten: It’s a match made in…well, how to put this delicately…how about a match made in purgatory?
Yes, that’s it—after all, fans of schools in the Big Ten annually get their hopes up, only to see their teams lose close game to good competition.
The 2013-14 bowl season was no different, with the Big Ten going 2-5 in the postseason and leaving many fans wondering “what if” once again.
If there was a silver lining, at least both of the Big Ten’s wins came on New Year’s Day in games where Nebraska and Michigan State were underdogs.
Meanwhile, we also are reminded about the debacles that were Michigan and Minnesota.
This year was more of the same for Big Ten fans. That familiar empty feeling of coming close and yet being so far away is getting old.
Bowl season provided plenty of lessons over the course of seven games, so let’s explore what we learned about the B1G from its bowl games.
The Michigan State Spartans have a storied history of basketball excellence, particularly under the tutelage of head coach Tom Izzo. Many of his past successful teams have had a plethora of talent, size, maturity and togetherness, which has fueled them to postseason success.
And Izzo’s 2013-14 squad is no exception.
There are some deep football feelings I have to get off my chest today.
Let’s all take a deep breath, and express what we feel about our favorite football teams.
After two games, the Michigan State offense is the worst offense I’ve ever seen in East Lansing. The game planning, play calling, talent and execution might be the worst I’ve ever seen. Before you tell me MSU is 2-0, remember, Western Michigan just lost in Kalamazoo to Nicholls State and South Florida got beat at home by McNeese State.
If MSU had played more talented teams, the Spartans would be 0-2, even with that defense and both games at home.
Why isn’t coach Mark Dantonio feeling more heat for the bad offense? Why are the quarterbacks taking the heat?
Dantonio and his offensive coaches had nine months to figure this out. The coach needs to be criticized more for the team’s inability to score.
This is an offense that is the worst in the Big Ten Conference. It might be among the worst of all Division I football teams after two weeks.
Dantonio needs to stop hiring his Ohio friends and get some top-shelf offensive minds into his coaching circle. He needs to stop letting his quarterbacks get punked by the media and man up that he and his staff did nothing to improve the offense in the offseason.
When your defense has outscored your offense against two weak teams the first two weeks, you have issues you might not be able to fix in season.
A program as big as MSU should have athletes and playmakers who can get the ball into the end zone.
How can you be that good on defense and that bad on offense?
Looking at the Michigan State and Michigan football teams after two games, I see two programs going in different directions.
MSU has no life in its stadium, no way to put points on the board, they’re unranked and there’s no vibe with the fans with this football team.
Without that Spartans defense, they would lose every game this year. That is not how you win in the Big Ten and nationally.
A little further south, Michigan has game changers and All-Americans on offense, a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Devin Gardner, passion and emotion from its fans, an epic national snapshot from Saturday night’s victory over Notre Dame in front of 115,000-plus fans packed into the Big House, two monster recruiting classes coming in and thinks it could win the Big Ten this year.
Look at both programs and judge for yourself.
Back in September, Bill Simonson, had every right to write this article. However, now that Michigan State and Michigan’s season have come to an end, reading this makes me literally laugh out loud.
It’s pretty funny how the tables turned.
Michigan ended the regular season 7-5. After winning 5 straight, they lost 5 of their last 7 games. The only wins came against an Indiana team (who only went 3-5 in the Big Ten) and scored 47 points on UM’s defense, and a triple OT win against Northwestern (who only won 1 Big Ten game). The Wolverines got destroyed by Michigan State and were held to a total of -47 rushing yards. Then UM lost in the BWW Bowl to Kansas State.
On the other hand, Michigan State’s ONLY LOSS the entire season was to Notre Dame 17-13, and the only reason they lost was because of 3 bad defensive pass interference calls that should’ve been offensive pass interference. They went to the Big Ten Championship Game and gave Ohio State their first loss in 2 years. THEN went to the Rose Bowl and beat Stanford, without star player, Max Bullough (who’s a 3rd generation Spartan btw… hahaha inside joke).
I wonder what Bill Simonson has to say about these two teams now?
Inside the East Lansing bubble, and down the street in Ann Arbor, Michigan State’s rise and Rose Bowl run under Mark Dantonio is altering perceptions by the hour. It’s deserved. And significant. But not yet far-reaching.
In places like southern California and Texas, and other towns with big-fish college football programs, MSU remains a relative minnow. It’s no longer an accurate impression. But it’s real.
This Rose Bowl is a chance for the Spartans to begin to change that, for this regional program to reach a national mind-set.
Last week in Austin, Texas, a community where college football is religion, I asked a number of a Texas Longhorns fans for their perception of MSU football. There was never any intended disrespect, but the implied pats on the head said plenty.
So did this: “I think when we think of the Big Ten, I think mostly of Ohio State and Michigan,” one man said. “That’s just the first thing that comes to mind.”
MSU beat Ohio State for the Big Ten championship and whipped Michigan for the fifth time in six years.
Texas fan Jody Joyner and most of his pals in Austin didn’t notice. They might notice a Rose Bowl win.
“When you get on a big stage like this, this is a huge opportunity to take the program to that next level,” said ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, who’s slated to call today’s Rose Bowl. “Stanford’s a great example of that. I don’t think Stanford was taken very seriously until they started to win some of these more high-profile games. “When you get these opportunities, it’s one thing to be there. But for people to remember you, you’ve got to win the game.”
That’s not true locally. This MSU team will forever be remembered. And fondly. But if MSU wants to legitimately push away from the Wolverines’ shadow, today’s result matters.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Spartans. The Big Ten’s reputation is at an all-time low, its 1-9 Rose Bowl record since 2000 isn’t helping, and its overall bowl mark in the BCS era (47-61) is the worst among major conferences.
In Austin, fans used the phrase “Big Ten” as you might say “junior varsity” or “Triple-A.” For that to turn, the Big Ten needs to start winning Rose Bowls and Orange Bowls and other bowls. And if MSU can be associated as the cause of a league-wide pivot in perception, its own perceived standing will improve, as well.
Reputations, even long-standing ones, don’t have to be still. Regional programs can become national programs, and vice versa. Oregon — MSU’s second opponent next season — is the best example of this.
“When I was at Colorado, we played Oregon every year,” said BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo, the offensive coordinator of the Buffaloes’ 1990 national championship team. “We were a regional school that won the national championship and they were a regional school. And from that time to this time, I look at Oregon as a national team.
“I see Michigan State the same exact way. Michigan State has the same opportunity that Oregon had.”
The next step to do so is right in front of the Spartans.
The rest of the country will be watching today.
As Mark Dantonio has said, everyone has a story. And for Michigan State team, there is no shortage of compelling tales.
Big Ten referee, Ed Hightower, is retiring at the end of December after 31 years.
He is probably one of the best refs around and it’ll be sad to see him gone.
I guess during this MSU vs North Florida game, fans have been getting out of their seats and thanking him for being such a great ref.