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Michigan freshman Jabrill Peppers is already turning heads

Michigan freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers signs the jersey of Gabby Hall, 7. Peppers is also the team's nickel back and punt returner. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Peppers, who has not been made available to media for interviews this fall, has distinguished himself through preseason camp and worked his way into the starting lineup as a nickel and at punt returner. More

Michigan State's defense: New faces, same goals

Sophomore cornerback Darian Hicks, left, wraps up receiver Tony Lippett in the Green and White game in April. Hicks is one of the new faces on the Michigan State starting defense. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

When Michigan State lines up on defense Friday night, there certainly will be a different look, with six starters gone from a year ago. Should a bit of a drop-off be expected? Perhaps. Just don't try to convince the guys still around. More

Sept. 1, 2007: The day the Big House shuddered

Then-Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore is carried off the field after his team stunned Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

Michigan was ranked No. 5 in the nation and opening its season at home with a senior-laden offense against a team that resided in the Football Championship Subdivision. But the Mountaineers would stun the college football world that day. More

Six Wolverines who could be team captains, if there were a vote

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) is starting his second season at quarterback and said he doesn't need to be voted captain to feel like a captain. Steve Perez / Detroit News

Michigan coach Brady Hoke, a captain of the 1980 Ball State team, has acknowledged leadership was lacking last season. With the leadership council in place, with representatives from each class, he feels more comfortable with the option of game-by-game captains this fall. More

MSU vs. Jacksonville State: Spartans must be wary of FCS title contender

Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State are coming off a huge season and are one week away from a huge showdown at Oregon, but must be aware of the task at hand in Jacksonville State. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan Sate has all said the right things leading up to Friday night's game, but it's hard to ignore the fact Week 2 presents a huge trip to Oregon. The Spartans insist the focus is on Friday, and it better be, considering the Gamecocks are FCS national title contenders. More

Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State

Michigan State must replace six starters on defense, but linebacker Taiwan Jones does have 17 starts over the past two seasons. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The Detroit News staff writers Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo offer their predictions for Michigan State's season opener against Jacksonville State. More

New Jersey WR Cam Chambers among many visitors for MSU opener

Cam Chambers is the first commitment in Michigan State's 2016 recruiting class. Brian Dohn / Scout.com

Michigan State opens its 2014 season on Friday against Jacksonville State, and that will be an opportunity for high school prospects who are not playing that night to visit and see the game. More

MSU's Shilique Calhoun, Trae Waynes on Kiper's first Big Board for 2015 NFL draft

Trae Waynes had 50 tackles and three interceptions for the Spartans last season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State has two players on the first 2015 NFL draft Big Board published by ESPN's Mel Kiper – defensive end Shilique Calhoun and cornerback Trae Waynes. More

R.J. Shelton doing double duty for Michigan State

Wide receiver R.J. Shelton was a surprise on the MSU depth chart this week, listed as a third-string cornerback. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The starting wide receiver was one of the surprises on this week's depth chart for Michigan State when he also was listed as a third-string cornerback. Coach Mark Dantonio said the move was made to bolster depth while also getting a talented player on the field as often as possible. More

Thursday's college football roundup: Johnny who? Kenny Hill leads No. 21 Texas A&M in rout

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill rolls out under pressure from the South Carolina defense Thursday in Columbia, South Carolina. Grant Halverson / Getty Images

Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job. More

The Detroit News college football predictions: Week 1

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The Detroit News' Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski offer their predictions for Week 1 of the college football season. More

Central Michigan comes from behind for season-opening victory

Thomas Rawls ran for one touchdown, Cooper Rush passed for another and Central Michigan scored on its first two second-half drives in a 20-16 comeback victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga on Thursday night. More

The Detroit News Top 25: Top-ranked Florida State reloads, MSU No. 6

Rashad Greene returns after catching 76 passes for 1,128 yards and nine TD for Florida State last season. Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

Matt Charboneau breaks down The Detroit News' Top 25 college football teams. There are four Big Ten teams in our rankings -- No. 6 Michigan State, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 20 Nebraska and No. 25 Wisconsin. More

Michigan's Kyle Kalis, Joe Burzynski both working with first-team offense

Kyle Kalis is a 6-foot-5, 298-pound redshirt sophomore from Lakewood, Ohio. Detroit News / John T. Greilick

The right guard job is still up in the air with the Wolverines just a few days away from the season opener against Appalachian State on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. More

Maryland determined to prove it can be on equal footing in Big Ten

Maryland star receiver Stefon Diggs played in just seven games in 2013 due to injury, but still managed 587 yards receiving and three TD. Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Randy Edsall has been through this before, but he does admit, making the move from the ACC to the Big Ten comes with its share of challenges. More

Michigan appeals denial of hardship waiver for RB Ty Isaac

Ty Isaac rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries (5.9-yard average) for Southern Cal last season. Associated Press / Chris Carlson

Hoke said it's unclear how long it will take go receive a response from the NCAA. If the appeal is denied, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Isaac will sit out this season. More

Big Ten money will provide big boost to Rutgers athletic programs

Gary Nova returns after throwing for 2,159 yards and 18 TD in 2013. Rich Schultz / Getty Images

There is the prestige of moving to the Big Ten, and then there's the money. Rutgers, along with Maryland, are the latest additions to the conference, and this will be a financial windfall for the Scarlet Knights athletic program. More

What will new era in college football mean for Spartans, Wolverines?

Jeremy Langford and the Spartans ran over Michigan on the way to the Big Ten championship. But would they have been selected for a four-team playoff? Al Goldis / Associated Press

They live in a gated community now. But money doesn't always buy acceptance. And as college football enters a new era – out with the parochial, in with a playoff – there are plenty of questions yet to be answered. More

Josh Shaw admits lying about heroics; USC calls it a 'complete fabrication,' suspends senior

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended from all team activities. Eugene Tanner / Associated Press

The Southern California cornerback acknowledged lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. More

Michigan needs to follow Michigan State's lead, and embrace defense

Michigan defensive end Frank Clark should be consistently disruptive. As a senior, he needs to be a leader. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

There are schemes and slogans and all sorts of ways to piece together a winning season. But generally, there's one time-tested way to sustain it. Michigan State learned the hard way. Michigan is learning the same way. More

Michigan makes $2 million for Manchester United-Real Madrid match

There was an announced crowd of 109,318 for the Manchester United vs. Real Madrid match at Michigan Stadium. Associated Press / Paul Sancya

Michigan made an additional $2 million from its lease with Relevent Sports, which promoted the soccer match between Manchester United and Real Madrid that set an attendance record at Michigan Stadium on Aug. 2. More

Michigan freshman tackle Mason Cole, 18, playing like a veteran

Brady Hoke on Mason Cole: “He’s been able to handle everything we’ve thrown at him.” Michigan Athletics

No one notices Mason Cole. And that's a good thing. At least that's what Michigan coach Brady Hoke says, and he means it in the best way. More

Michigan revisits scene of disaster with upbeat attitude

Brady Hoke believes this team's attitude will bring improvement over last season: 'I think they have a little bit more of an edge.' John T. Greilick / Detroit News

As Michigan's coach embarks on what could be a career-defining season, he'll begin by reminding his players that while Appalachian State isn't the Division I-AA power it once was, it is, as he explained with a straight face Monday, 'the only school on the schedule this year that we have a losing... More

Michigan State not looking past Jacksonville State

Jacksonville State quarterback Eli Jenkins takes off running last season. The Gamecocks potent offense has Michigan State's attention. Stephen Gross / Associated Press

Mark Dantonio is focused on not having his own 'Appalachian State moment' Friday when Michigan State welcomes Jacksonville State, a FCS team that is regular participant in the playoffs, including last season when it reached the semifinals. More

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