Michigan State Spartans Articles

The offseason is over and after several long and excruciating months, college football is back in our lives. Normally any kind of football in late August and early September should be celebrated but 2016 might just feature the most impressive...
Bryan Fischer
3 weeks ago
Deshaun Watson
With players like Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and LSU’s Leonard Fournette returning, it’s a crowded year at the top of the player rankings. Watson is Athlon...
Steven Lassan
3 weeks ago
The Big Ten is full of storylines to follow this season, and the schedule offers a good number of intriguing matchups in conference and non-conference play. The Jim Harbaugh Effect has Michigan playing in several matchups you should pay attention...
Kevin McGuire
3 weeks ago
Deshaun Watson
Quarterback play is always under the microscope for every college football team. Finding and developing a reliable starter isn’t easy for some programs, but for other schools, the next quarterback steps in and the offense doesn...
Steven Lassan
3 weeks ago
College football conference realignment and expansion is all the rage. It's the Hansel from Zoolander of sports. The Big 12 is currently driving the conversation, but truth be told, any article or conversation about expanding or realigning...
J.P. Scott
1 month ago
J.T. Barrett
The Big Ten is short on proven quarterbacks for 2016, but there’s no question the league is stacked with talent on defense. Of Athlon’s projected top 10 players for this season, six come from defense, including standout cornerbacks...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Nick Saban
The start of the 2016 college football season is just a few days away. California and Hawaii meet in Australia on Aug. 26 in the first game of the year, with the full slate for Week 1 starting on Thursday, Sept. 1 and ending on Labor Day with...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Mason Rudolph
Quarterback is the toughest position to play at any level. And regardless of team or conference affiliation, college football quarterbacks are always under the spotlight to produce. Good quarterback play or improvement at the position...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
J.T. Barrett
The quarterback is easily the most important on-field position for any college football team. Signal-callers can truly make their teammates better and enhance their play on the field. While quarterback - especially proven ones - are valuable,...
Lance Dozier
1 month ago
Tre'Davious White
Finding and evaluating cornerbacks and safeties is one of the most difficult jobs for any college football coaching staff. Competition level and a variety of offenses in high school create a several obstacles in player evaluation....
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Reuben Foster
Picking the top linebacker units in college football is no easy task. After all, schemes dictate how linebackers are used and the rise of spread offenses generally means more defensive backs on the field. Regardless of whether a scheme...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
C.J. Beathard
We are a little more than two weeks away from kicking off the 2016 college football season. We've read most of the predictions. We have pretty good idea of who the favorites are – both nationally and in the individual conferences....
J.P. Scott
1 month ago
Jonathan Allen
The rise of spread offenses and the different schemes teams face on a week-to-week basis in a college football season has altered how some defensive coordinators think. While some are placing more emphasis on building a secondary,...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Clemson Tigers
The offensive line is often the most overlooked position for any college football team. While the linemen in the trenches don’t get enough credit, they are often the most important piece to a successful offense. Flashy skill talent...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
A few years ago, many jumped all over the Big Ten when the conference took losses in a handful of signature games in the second week of the college football season. Could that be the case once again this season with the Big Ten taking on opponents...
Kevin McGuire
1 month ago
Artavis Scott
While offensive and defensive lines are arguably more important to the success of any college football team, it’s the skill talent – running backs or receivers – and quarterbacks that generate most of the preseason...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Leonard Fournette
While every college football team would prefer to have an established, superstar No. 1 running back, using a committee of options is the preferred approach to save wear and tear on the starter. Some teams prefer to split the carry...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Tom Herman
Whether it’s a player, team or coach, the next big thing is always on the minds of fans for all 128 college football programs. Regardless of the job or program, coaches are always under the microscope and under to pressure to win – and...
Steven Lassan
1 month ago
Michigan Wolverines
It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak or overused cliches...
Athlon Sports
1 month ago
When the College Football Playoff was first announced, many believed that the use of a committee would help foster a host of high profile non-conference matchups in the sport. If you buy into that line of thinking, consider the 2016 college...
Bryan Fischer
1 month ago
J.T. Barrett
The Big Ten has not had a Heisman Trophy winner since Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith posed with the stiff-armed trophy in 2006. It is the longest Heisman drought for the Big Ten since Archie Griffin’s second Heisman Trophy in 1975 and...
Kevin McGuire
2 months ago
Cooper Bateman
Projecting the outcome of a college football season, playoff teams and national champion is no easy task. Several factors go into predictions, including the schedule, coaching changes, returning starters, in-depth statistics, results...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
Michigan State enters the 2016 season in a place it hasn’t been very often in recent years – under the radar. The continuous mass exodus of talent in East Lansing – culminating in Connor Cook’s graduation – seems to...
J.P. Scott
2 months ago
Travon McMillian
Every college football team has players most would consider underrated. However, defining underrated players is no easy assignment, as that term varies in meaning between fans and experts. With the 2016 season approaching,...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago
BYU Cougars
The Big 12 could be expanding by two or four teams in the near future, as the conference’s board of directors on Tuesday authorized commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate and gather information on programs interested in joining the league. The...
Steven Lassan
2 months ago

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