Michigan State had a chance to run the table this year, but blew it by losing at home 29-27 to Central Michigan. You heard me right-Central Michigan from the Mid American Conference (MAC). A not so hot offensive strategy, and a porous defense led to the Spartan’s defeat.
After ruining their chance to go undefeated by losing to Central Michigan, the Spartans traveled to Notre Dame and fell off of their training chair, trading touchdowns and field goals one too few times, and losing to the Fighting Irish, 33-30. Sure, ข่าวบอล the game involved a lot of action and was great for the fans, but it mirrored the lack of defense on each side of the ball.
After beating up Montana State 44-3 in their home opener, the Spartans proved they can beat up a 1-AA team, currently ranked 143rd by the Sagarin Ratings, but have proved nothing about their ability to beat a 1-A team, even a Central Michigan team.
The bad news is that coach Mark Dantonio’s super two-year turnaround at Michigan State may now be going in the wrong direction. Two years ago, the Spartans went 7-6 and lost to Boston College 24-21 in the Champs (not chumps) Sports Bowl.
Last year the Spartans players got over their penchant for folding late in the season, and logged an overall 9-4 record, and lost to Georgia 24-12 in the Capital One Bowl, a much more prestigious bowl with a much better payout.
At least Michigan State was winning more games than it was losing, and competing in bowl games if not winning them.
The Spartans were clearly on the road to a better place. They had not yet captured national attention as a team really on the move because they could not put away Penn State on-the-road in their last game; they lost to the Nittany Lions in a blow out, 49-18. The national consensus was not ready for prime time, not ready for a BCS game.
The good news about this year’s slow-really slow, troubling start-is that none of their first three games were Big Ten Conference games. The Spartans could still go undefeated and win the Big Ten title. But will they?
Now all of their progress is in doubt. The Spartans need to pick themselves up off of the floor, climb back up to the training table, and get it right by whipping Wisconsin on-the-road this Saturday. A loss to the Badgers means MSU would start this season at 1-3, and struggling to gain any credibility whatsoever.
There are no statistics worth talking about in Michigan State’s 33-30 loss to Notre Dame. The only statistic that matters is the Spartans lost.
In any transaction in life, there can be only two outcomes-results (a win) or excuses (a loss). Forget all of the excuses. Fans and boosters do not watch Michigan State football games to see the Spartans lose to Central Michigan and Notre Dame. They do not like, but can accept a loss to Ohio State or Penn State.