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Way back when, about four weeks ago after MSU's loss to Oregon, it was all over for the Spartans, according to many. The loss just wasn't competitive enough, they said, for MSU to have a chance at making the inaugural playoff. Then once people realized that might have been a little overblown, it was time to scrap the season again when Oregon lost to Arizona on Thursday and diminished the Spartans' "quality loss." Not surprisingly, the pundits were wrong again, and not only does MSU still have hope for making the playoff, some folks whose job it is to know like the Spartans' odds...

MSU has third(!)-best odds to win national championship | Lansing State Journal | lsj.com

Vegas knows.

MSU's Mylan Hicks out at least 5 weeks with broken arm | Detroit News | detroitnews.com

This is not ideal.

Bo Pelini says Michigan State's defense was clapping before the snap | YAHOO! Sports | sports.yahoo.com

Bo has that excuse drawer stocked full.

Mark Dantonio stands behind critique of MSU fan turnout | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

I don't necessarily disagree with Dantonio or Hollis, but I'm still kind of salty with the way that second half was coached, so I don't know whose side to take.

Travis Trice works to stay healthy, lead Spartans back to the Final Four | Sports Illustrated | si.com

The closer we get to basketball season, the more I realize I'm not over the way last season ended.

Spartans offer 2016 guard and more Michigan State basketball recruiting notes | MLive | mlive.com

a 6-foot-7 shooting guard, you say?