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USA Today projects Michigan State Spartans to go 6-6

Some respect, but not enough.

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College football: Projecting the 2017 records of all 130 FBS teams - DFP
Michigan State isn't getting much love in this projection, though a bowl berth would be a big upgrade over last season.

Football Media Day Coverage - Michigan State Athletics
“Every day we've come to practice, there is a great sense of energy,” said head coach Mark Dantonio. “I feel good about it. Feel like we have intangibles going for us, and I think we've got some good players. So looking forward to the start of the season.”

A record-number of Michigan State freshmen are tracking for playing time - DFP
During Monday's media day, Dantonio mentioned tight ends Matt Dotson and Jack Camper, wide receivers Cody White and Hunter Rison, offensive linemen Kevin Jarvis and Jordan Reid, linebacker Antjuan Simmons and defensive end Jacub Panasiuk.

Michigan State makes cut for 3-star Detroit U-D Jesuit RB Elijah Collins |
Collins has more than a dozen offers and included the Spartans in his top six.

Young, incognito offensive line hopes to display maturation this fall LSJ
“We’ve got to win up front – I think there’s no question – in order to be successful,” Dantonio said. “You’ve got to win up front on both sides of the ball. Some of that is just raw toughness and raw ability at times, and obviously technique and what we’re doing.”

Michigan State's Messiah deWeaver plans to compete like starting QB |
Brian Lewerke is the starting quarterback and the rest are lining up behind him.

Dantonio, staff charged with changing MSU football's culture - again - DFP
Success seemed to help foster the wrong kind of attitude as things fell apart in 2016

Michigan State assistants appreciate Mark Dantonio's loyalty, say they've learned from 2016 |
"I'm not even considering letting any of our staff go," Dantonio said soon after the Spartans lost to Penn State on Nov. 26 to finish 3-9.

MSU offers 2020 hoops prospect, son of former NBA player - 247
Michigan State is after a young prospect with an NBA pedigree.

James Harrison Spends Roughly $300,000 a Year to Keep Body in Playing Shape
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Inside NFL Cheerleaders' Legal Fight for Better Pay
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Ravens still don't have a firm timetable for Joe Flacco’s return
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Steelers Expect Martavis Bryant to Be Cleared This Week by NFL
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Branden Albert Reports to Jaguars After Previously Retiring
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Jay Cutler, Dolphins Agree on Contract After Ryan Tannehill Injury
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The 25 most beloved college football games since 2000, ranked by the fans -
2015: Michigan State 27, Michigan 23. Enough said.