Posts tagged Michigan State Spartans
Posts tagged Michigan State Spartans
The Big Ten office announced the conference schedule for the 2014 football season on Thursday, as approved by the Big Ten directors of athletics. The 2014 schedule will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten’s 14 teams, feature a new division alignment, include the conference debut of Maryland and Rutgers and culminate with the fourth-annual Big Ten Football Championship Game.
2014 MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30: JACKSONVILLE STATE
Sept. 13: at Oregon
Sept. 20: WYOMING
Sept. 27: EASTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 4 : NEBRASKA
Oct. 11: at Purdue
Oct. 18: at Indiana
Oct. 25: MICHIGAN
Nov. 8: OHIO STATE
Nov. 15: at Maryland
Nov. 22: RUTGERS
Nov. 29: at Penn State
For those of you who want to see Jay Harris (ex-Michigan State incoming freshman) aka Jay Datbull’s music video, you can check it out here.
Let me FOREWARN you that it is absolutely terrible. The person who filmed it did an awful job, the music is terrible, and the lyrics are even worse (if that is possible). And yes… I actually like rap music, but this has got to be the worst thing I have ever listened to.
VIEWER DISCLOSER: The lyrics are not appropriate for young views and he smokes weed constantly in the video.
Honestly, I’m glad he wont be representing the Spartans anymore.
Jay Harris, Downingtown East’s star wide receiver, phoned a Michigan State assistant and broke the news.
He would not be a Spartan.
It was not a rival program that drew Harris, but instead a different career path. The 5-foot-1, 162-pound senior said he wants to make it as a rapper.
Philly.com wrote that Jay Harri is 5’1”, that is a typo. He is 5’11”.
By May 2014, Michigan State should have completed a $20-million Spartan Stadium renovation, to be spruced up during the summer and unveiled for the 2014 season.
The plan calls for a two-level building at the north end of the stadium. On the first level will be locker rooms for both teams and coaches, a locker room for officials, an equipment room and a media center.
The upper level of the building will be split, with new restrooms and concession stands connected to the stadium’s concourse. The other part of the upper level will be a recruiting room for all sports.
“(Adreian) Payne, and you talk about (Gary) Harris, and you talk about (Keith) Appling; they are going to have a terrific team,” he said. “They have a great coach, when you talk about great coaches, Tom Izzo is a hall of famer.”
The Big Ten announced new football divisions starting in the 2014-2015 season, or when Maryland and Rutgers arrive, opting to go the geographical route this time (here is a map version of the divisions)
The divisions look like this:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Penn State
On the surface, it looks as though the divisions have a huge imbalance competitively, with traditional powers Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State all in the East, and Nebraska in the West. However, if you take a closer look, it’s actually quite balanced.
Last year for Penn State will be the exception, not the rule. Once the scholarship reduction hits the Nittany Lions, they will struggle. Maryland and Rutgers are middle-tier programs, and Indiana is, well, Indiana. Ohio State is certainly going to be a contender for years to come, but I’m not convinced Michigan has “arrived” yet. One joke of a Sugar Bowl bid doesn’t mean you’re the class of the B1G. And Michigan State’s offensive struggles have been well documented.
In the West you have three-time defending B1G champion in Wisconsin, last year’s Legends Division winner (and traditional power) Nebraska, and Northwestern who had 10 wins last season. Yes, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois and Minnesota have all struggled, however all of those programs except Minnesota have been to BCS bowls, and only Purdue hasn’t been in one since 2008 (the 2001 Rose Bowl). Minnesota is on the rise, so is Illinois (mostly because they have nowhere to go but up), and Iowa has shown a tendency to bounce back under Kirk Ferentz. Purdue is optimistic with a new coach, so it is safe to say that as a whole, the West is much more even and will be exciting to watch in the future.
While the B1G East will get more attention because of the names that are in it, the B1G West shouldn’t be ignored. If there is anything we learned last season in Big Ten football, it’s that anything can happen. That’s the beauty of college football, and college sports in general.
After a convo I have been having on Twitter, I was about to write an extremely similar post to this one. Good thing Tyler did the work for me.
Alright, time to man up and take responsibility for last year’s predictions. Last year, I predicted that Michigan State would make a strong run for the Rose Bowl. At first glance, I was dead wrong—Michigan State went 7-6 in one of the more disappointing seasons for Spartan fans in recent memory. But how close were they to actually reaching their Rose Bowl aspirations?
The truth is that they were a lot closer than their record indicates. In fact, they were four points or less away from winning five games, and they beat the conference champions, Wisconsin, in their own stadium.
Four-star quarterback Chris Durkin from Youngstown, Ohio has committed to the Michigan State Spartans…