How do you earn the respect of those that doubt you? It's simple: You keep winning when everyone expects you to fail. This November the Spartans have no choice but to do that and compete with style. Despite Michigan State's undefeated record it hasn't been so peachy for the team. Injuries, questionable secondary, and an inconsistent offense have been the foundation of the Spartan's, but it doesn't show in the end results. Squeaking by in multiple games, Michigan State has overcame adversity and continues to make ways to keep adding "W's" in the win column. Even with a perfect record the Spartans are still being overlooked as a playoff contender.
This past Tuesday the College Football Playoff Committee released their rankings going into week ten. Despite Michigan State being undefeated, they were placed at No.7 in the nation behind a top 5 group that features two one-loss teams: No.4 Alabama and No.5 Notre Dame. Both of these teams lost earlier this year with Alabama losing to Ole Miss (who was beaten by Memphis) and Notre Dame who lost to Clemson, which are standing at No.1 (CFP rankings). Of course this feels like a slap to the face to Dantonio, the team, and fans but one thing is clear: Every win must be left with no doubt.
Michigan State has the opportunity to grab the committee's attention this Saturday when they face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-6, 1-4 conference play) in Lincoln. Nebraska lost in a shootout with Purdue last week (Who I shall mention gave Michigan State quite a scare) 55-45. The Spartans are coming off of a bye week with fresh legs and chip on their shoulder. With this combination I see Michigan State making a statement this weekend and will light up the scoreboard. After talking to my staff and gathering scores from the crew, I'll be wrong to say they don't think the same thing:
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To contributor writer Jeremy Dewar the staff of The Only Colors and the Spartan community gives our condolences to your dog Duke, who recently passed away this Tuesday. May you remember all the great times and know he is in a better place still cheering the Spartans on. Go Spartans and Long Live Duke!