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As we move further away from Saturday's loss, it's much easier to look at some of the positives from the game. As today's links point out, the freshmen that played were solid, Tony Lippett has emerged as a big-time receiver and the Spartans have proven able to recover from such adversity under Mark Dantonio. Still stings that MSU put itself behind the eight ball when it comes to the playoff, but there's still plenty to play for starting in a couple weeks against EMU.

Oregon football recruiting on a higher level than Michigan State | Pacific Takes | pacifictakes.com

Talent isn't everything, but it sure helps.

Michigan State 'D' did some good but couldn't beat Marcus Mariota | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

And there's really no shame in losing to that dude.

Michigan State has proven it can bounce back after frustrating losses | Detroit News | detroitnews.com

And the difference between where the team was at now and this point last year is extreme.

Michigan State happy with its freshmen who have played; will any play mores | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Having uber talented freshmen but not having to rely on them is the best.

Michigan State WR Tony Lippett third in nation in yards, proving he's the 'go-to-guy' | MLive | mlive.com

Amazing how reliable he is now.