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Dantonio says he plans to return as Michigan State coach

Nov. 19, 2019 7:21 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio made his clearest statement yet about his future, saying he intends to be Michigan State’s coach next season. Dantonio had been vague recently when the topic had come up, but Tuesday he quickly said “yes” when asked if he planned to be the coach...

Cal’s Davis, UGA’s Blankenship among Burlsworth finalists

Nov. 19, 2019 1:28 PM EST

California defensive back Ashtyn Davis, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes are finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on. Davis is one of the top safeties in the country, ranking third on Cal...

It wasn’t Ohio State, but Michigan has pounded other rivals

Nov. 17, 2019 11:17 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The knock on Jim Harbaugh at Michigan is that he hasn’t won enough big games against the school’s top rivals. It might be time to revise that. Harbaugh hasn’t beaten Ohio State — the most important foe on the Wolverines’ schedule — but...

No. 14 Michigan, behind Patterson, rips Michigan State 44-10

Nov. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shea Patterson had his best game at Michigan, picking apart a wounded rival to the left, right over the middle and deep. Patterson threw for 384 yards — his highest total since he played for Mississippi — and four touchdowns to lead the 14th-ranked Wolverines to a...

Michigan State’s Panasiuk ejected against No. 14 Michigan

Nov. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State defensive lineman Jacub Panasiuk has been ejected from Saturday’s game at No. 14 Michigan after a roughing the passer penalty in the fourth quarter. The official announced that Panasiuk was called for a “flagrant” penalty, and he was removed from...

Michigan-Michigan State rivalry goes beyond just the games

Nov. 15, 2019 3:50 AM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — When Michigan faces Michigan State, the actual 60 minutes of football are only part of the show. Pay close attention to what’s done pregame and said postgame. The participants tend to remember. Consider last year’s matchup in East Lansing: Well before kickoff, Michigan...

No. 14 Michigan favored against struggling Michigan State

Nov. 14, 2019 4:27 PM EST

Michigan State (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) at No. 14 Michigan (7-2, 4-2), Saturday at 12:05 p.m. EST (FOX). Line: Michigan by 13 1/2. Series record: Michigan leads 70-36-5. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Not as much as in some recent meetings between these in-state foes. The Spartans are struggling just to make a bowl game, and...

No. 7 Gophers head to No. 23 Iowa out to prove selves again

Nov. 14, 2019 4:01 AM EST

What to watch in the Big Ten this week: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 7 Minnesota at No. 23 Iowa Minnesota apparently still has some doubters. A week after the Gophers (6-0 Big Ten, No. 8 CFP) beat Penn State as a home underdog to run their record to 9-0 for the first time since 1904, they go on the road to Iowa (6-3,...

Alabama 5th in CFP committee rankings after loss to LSU

Nov. 12, 2019 8:32 PM EST

Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee's second top 25. LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 on Tuesday night after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. The Buckeyes were bumped to No....

Michigan State coach Dantonio not thinking about his future

Nov. 12, 2019 7:54 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's the type of question that comes up when a team has spent much of the last four years in mediocrity: Mark Dantonio was asked Tuesday if he spends time thinking about his coaching future at Michigan State. "No," he said. "I get ready for the next game. I live in the present."...