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Acorns, Noon: TV Fox  / Radio: Spartan Sports Net  / Streaming: Fox sports app
Nov 10th, 2018 by USMC Retired

 

The team from Columbus have been having a difficult time this year, really, stopping anybody. Of particular concern to folks in Ohio are the 31 surrendered to the Cobs after a bye week. It was sad enough for them to give up 49 to a PU team that the Spartans then held to 13. Granted home field may have had something to do with both of the scores.

The Acorns have a pretty good offense with Webber and Dobbins running for 1200+ yards (Coach D recruited Webber, hard, as I remember)  and Haskins has already thrown for 3000+ yards and 33 TD’s, His passer rating is a gaudy 170 (3rd in the Country). As I said, Offense doesn’t seem to be an issue. 

Defense is THE problem 

Avg/rush: 4.3

Avg/catch: 12.5

Pass efficiency: 170.92

Avg/game: 397

That’s a ton of yards, especially when you share the football at ~30 minutes apiece. Opponents score TD’s at a 68%(17/25) in the Red Zone, they just haven’t been there as often as the Acorns at 61%(25/47)

They have fumbled it 11 (losing 4) while forcing 15 (getting 8) and they’ve picked off 6 passes while getting picked 6 times  This is just not the dominant offense and defense that we are used to seeing from the Acorns. 

Won’t be a walk in the (college)park, but with all the internal/external problems the Acorn TEAM/Staff has had this year, there is a huge opportunity here to win this game the way we did the PU, Glade Glad, and Md games; possess the ball more than they do, don’t give up a big play on special teams, or on defense. 

From a Spartan perspective we know what we get with Josiah Scott back on the field from the Defense, the No-Fly Zone could be in vogue and the Spartan Hogmollies should keep the run under control. Another factor in our favor is that the Acorns EMBARRASSED the Spartans last year and I know from personal experience both on the field and in the air; revenge is a drink best served only Once. 

What’s next is what comes with a WIN against the Acorns – The possibility of a decent Bowl game like the Rose*

With a win today and then closing out the season with wins against the Cobs and NJSU, the Spartans would finish 2nd in the tough Big Ten East, If the West rep loses to the East rep in the BTC in Indy, then the Spartans will be the highest ranked team other than the Conference Champion and the Rose is NOT part of the CFP this year. 

And as Coach Dantonio said Tuesday, ““This is a strange football season. A lot of people have lost. There’s a lot of two-loss teams and quite a few three-loss teams right now. I would guess if you can’t win the Big Ten championship … the next thing is, can you go to a Big Six bowl? Can you be 9-3? Well, you know, you’ve got to win this one (against Ohio State) if you’re going to do that.”

How the Rose Bowl chooses replacement teams. With the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the Rose Bowl became part of a rotation comprised of six bowls to host the top four teams at the season’s end. But because the Rose Bowl isn’t in this year’s rotation, the normal selection rules apply, leaving a window for Michigan State.

Here are the guidelines for the Rose Bowl, straight from the Big Ten bowl determination procedures:

1. When not hosting a semifinal, the Big Ten Champion will play in the Rose Bowl Game, unless among the top four teams.

2. If the Big Ten Champion qualifies for the playoff, the Rose Bowl Game will choose a replacement Big Ten team.

3. The Rose Bowl Game has sole discretion on a replacement team, and will generally  select the highest‐rated available team, but will take into consideration final College Football Playoff rankings, head‐to‐head competition, division champions and most recent Rose Bowl Game appearances.

Could it happen? Only starts with a win today

*Thanks Kindle

Connor Hayward is one of 5 Paul Hornung Finalist ‘cuz:

Connor Heyward leads MSU in: – 

*Rushing (70 carries/358 yds) – 

*Rushing TDs (5) – 

*Kick returns (10/229 yds) – 

**All-purpose yards (722) 

He’s third in: – 22 receptions/135 yds – 

And DE Kenny Willekes, who ranks second in the Big Ten in sacks (7.5) and tied for second in tackles for loss (13.5), has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy. (Awarded to the best initial Walk-on)

Also Joe Bachie is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award

Prediction: Michigan State 34, Ohio State 26

The talk of Ohio State’s playoff pipe dream will end in East Lansing, Michigan, Saturday afternoon.

The Buckeyes still have an outside chance of qualifying for the playoff if they win out, but they’ve been too inconsistent to put any trust behind.

In recent weeks, the Buckeyes have let Minnesota and Nebraska hang around in victories, and Purdue blew them off the field.

The string of underwhelming results will continue in Week 11, as Mark Dantonio‘s team puts together its third win in a row.

With both teams directly behind Michigan in the Big Ten East, the victor will put itself in position to make the Rose Bowl if the Wolverines qualify for the playoff.

Although the Spartans haven’t had the best season by their standard, they found a way to win on the road at Penn State, and they’ll bank on that experience at home to knock off the Buckeyes.

The key for the Spartans will be running back Connor Hayward. Ohio State will find a way to match Michigan State’s offensive production during stretches, with quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who is the nation’s third-best passer. However, Michigan State’s defense, which has given up 54 points in the last four games, will come up with a few second-half stops to send the Buckeyes home with their second defeat.

https://www.theonlycolors.com/2018/11/8/18075850/get-to-know-the-opponent-ohio-state

Sep 29th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

So you are telling me there is a chance?  There is a chance CMU can beat MSU in football in East Lansing on September 29th, 2018?

Yes there is a chance!  The experts put it at about 2%.  Which is materially higher that Lloyd (Jim Carrey) had with Mary (Lauren Holly) in the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber.  Mary gave Lloyd gave a 1,000,000 to 1 chance.  Ironically the two actors married later in real life (1996).  It ended after lasting one football season.

Do the CHIPS have a chance?

Coach Dantonio talks to the Media Tuesday 7/24/18
Jul 23rd, 2018 by USMC Retired

Broadcast live on BTN @0930R.

 

Here is a link to the MLive opinion about what he’ll be asked

 

Freep just has up the schedule of events and ‘live’ updates

 

Not sure the year or even the location, but it was awhile ago

This summer at Arcadia Buffs – playing the South Course (Opens on 8/1, we play on 8/6) and will report

NBA Draft 2018
Jun 21st, 2018 by USMC Retired

I’m not going to tie in a bunch of stories because you have either read them all by this point or have read none of them to this point and I don’t think putting them here will change that for anyone.

Both Miles and J3 are expected to go in the top 15 selections with J3 going(3-4) before Miles(13-15). There could be trades and payouts prior to their actual selection that could affect these numbers.

There is no competing Tigers game tonight, so unless you are into Euro Football , there isn’t much else to watch @1900. esPn will carry the broadcast of the NBA Hype Show (NHS) with all the speculation prior and post – none of which will affect anything.

In as much as today is the Summer Solstice, I may be making the turn on on the turn to back 9 of the 2nd 18 today (just to say I was playing golf at >2100.

I know it’s a big day in both these fine young men’s lives and I hope they both get drafted by a team where they can shine and continue to develop and carry a positive image of Spartan Basketball forward for years to come.

 

Solari has the Spartans 11-1 this Fall
Jun 13th, 2018 by USMC Retired

The loss is not to the Used Car Salesman in Columbus either (he has us winning that game 24-16), but to Glad Glade.

 

My opinion was that the Glade wasn’t all that good last year and the loss of the RB to the pros didn’t strengthen their position in my mind.  They squeezed by the better teams in the Conference, snuck by a very WEAK Pac12 team, and  lost to us.

 

https://www.theonlycolors.com/2018/6/11/17450604/chris-solari-predicts-11-1-season-for-michigan-state

Nick Ward is Removing His Name from the NBA Draft
May 29th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Short and to the point, Nick Ward will be scowling at I3T for another year

 

Here is the Journal take on it:

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/sports/college/msu/mens-basketball/2018/05/29/nick-ward-michigan-state-basketball-return-nba-draft/653772002/

 

So, what say YOU, TUS, Good move, too early to tell, or who cares?

MSU Women’s golf wins back-to-back Big Ten Championships
Apr 23rd, 2018 by Kindle

Senior Sarah Burnham looks at her shot at the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing in fall 2017. (Photo courtesy: MSU Athletic Communications)

Women’s golf clinched its second-straight Big Ten title Sunday — its fifth in the last eight seasons — by shooting a team 2-over par 290 en route to a 5-under par 859 for the tournament. The team’s 859 is the second-lowest 54-hole score in the history of the tournament.

The Spartans entered the day one shot back of Maryland at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. The Terrapins shot a 7-over par 295 and finished in a tie with Illinois for second on the tournament.

The Spartans clinched the championship with five birdies in the last two holes from seniors Sarah Burnham and Katie Sharp, as well as sophomore Allyson Geer.

Burnham finished second in the tournament individually, compiling a 5-under par 211 during the three days. She also won the Mary Fossum Award, named for the founder of the Spartans’ women’s program and given to the Big Ten player with the lowest stroke average to par over the course of the season. Burnham averaged -1.21 to par for the season.

Geer tied for fourth place with a 4-under par 212, including birdies on her 17th and 18th holes of the tournament.

BASEBALL NEWS:

After Nasty Outrage and Condemndation, How Are MSU Sports Team Performing This Spring?
Apr 15th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Each new day appears to bring news and or evidence that Michigan State Athletics and MSU Administration has a lot to answer for in terms of its culture.

As we are all too aware there has been some nasty outrage and outright condemnation towards our Spartans and the University.  And while MSU has attempted to acknowledge and rectify the situation, its early steps could be best characterized as misfires – at least to its recipients (i.e., the victims of abuse).

While I do not want to ignore or show disrespect to the people who have been harmed, I also think we should not ignore the men and women currently participating in Spring Sports as representatives of Michigan State University.

So how are the teams and athletic programs doing as of April 15th 2018?

MSU Women’s Golf is ranked #10 nationally and has a good shot of advancing to the NCAA Tournament Championship round.  The B1G Championship is next weekend. and NCAA starts May 7th.

MSU Women’s Rowing is ranked #16 nationally and has a good shot of advancing to the NCAA Tournament Championship round.  The B1G Championship is May 13th and NCAA May 25th.

The MSU Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Teams are making strong improvement as the season progresses.  MSU finished 2nd (Men) and 3rd (Women) in this weekend’s B1G\ACC Challenge (Louisville, ND, MSU,Purdue).

As for the rest?

Lacrosse: To the dislike of many TUS Members including USMC(retired) MSU does not participate in Lacrosse as a varsity sport.

Softball:  MSU continues to be a sub .500 program overall.  The Spartans are 16-21.  The good news is MSU swept JJ’s favorite (PSU) in a double-header (7-1,6-2) on Saturday in State College, PA. MSU’s Kristina Zalewski was the star of both games. MSU’s #1 pitcher started and completed both games striking out 19.  Yes, both games.  The Spartans lost to the Nitany Lions on Friday 8-6.  PSU (7-30) is not very good.

Baseball:  MSU has fallen off in 2018 in a material manner.  TUS Membership has grown accustomed to the Spartans flirting with and even earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament and taking the B1G Title.  Not this year.

Men’s Golf:  MSU is usually decent but 2018 has seen a fall off.  MSU is ranked #54 (Golfstat) in the country.

Men’s Tennis:  MSU is usually an also-ran in most years, and performing the same this season.  MSU under Gene Orlando (1992 – present) has had 10 season above .500. In 103 seasons MSU has won .49% percent of its matches and 33% in B1G competition.

Women’s Gymnastics:  MSU finished 10th in B1G.  Two Spartans advanced as individuals ot the NCAA Regional in Columbus.  Freshman Lea Mitchell competed in the all-around, while senior Hailee Westney performed on bars.  Neither advanced to the NCAA Finals.

Women’s Tennis: MSU Women’s Tennis is 14-7 0verall and 5-4 in B1G.  The B1G Tournament starts April 28th.  MSU was very good in the 1970’s.  MSU won a number of B1G Titles during this period. Childhood friend Debbie Mascarin won the B1G Singles and Doubles Titles during this period.  Deb had few flaws.  Her choice of boyfriend during high-school was one of them and a “low water” point.  Boyfriend = Andary.

 

 

 

The End is near
Feb 18th, 2018 by USMC Retired

Our foe on Sunday had 3 other games this week.  Whiskey  beat Minnie at home and then won @NW on Thursday before our CBS game @1300R Sunday

 

 

The Uncomfortable Truth Now and Forever
Jan 16th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

At least 98 of the 125 known victims will speak in-person or submit statements at the sentencing of former MSU and US Olympic Gymnastic’s Trainer Dr. Larry Nassar.  The list is so large it will take 4 days to conduct – so Tuesday’s session will be followed by three more.

It is not for me to look down upon and judge Dr. Larry Nassar.  I will let the judicial system make that call.  However, reading transcripts, and testimony leaves me speechless.  I do not know where to start with my questions and challenges to MSU as it relates to its role in this humiliating truth about the nature of humans and institutions.

Thoughts?

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