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Michigan State expects to be at full-strength for Oregon

Spartans receiver MacGarrett Kings Jr. (85) is expected to break tackles again despite hurting his ankle. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Quarterback Connor Cook took a shot to the left knee on the first series but returned and played the entire first half, while running back Jeremy Langford sat out the second half after injuring his ankle in the first. More

Ducks understand hype for Spartans but won't get unruffled

Mark Helfrich was Oregon's offensive coordinator from 2009-12 before taking over for Chip Kelly as head coach. Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images

Mark Helfrich: 'I love Michigan State. I won't like them on Saturday night, at all, but I love everything about them and it's a huge challenge for our program.' More

Michigan State moves up to No. 7 in AP poll; Michigan remains unranked

Tony Lippett and the No. 7 Spartans play the No. 3 Oregon Ducks on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State improved one spot to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press college football poll. The Spartans opened with a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State on Friday night. More

Mark Dantonio seeks more out of Michigan State's running game

Jeremy Langford rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries in the first half before twisting his ankle. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

As impressive as some of Michigan State's offensive numbers were in its season-opening victory over Jacksonville State, a coach always will find something to critique. For Mark Dantonio, that would be the Spartans' running game. More

Mark Dantonio: Matchup with Oregon 'an opportunity to see where we're at as a program'

Connor Cook injured his knee Friday, but came back into the game and was effective. No word was given Sunday if the injury may hinder him against Oregon. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

After a 45-7 victory on Friday, all the focus can turn to Oregon as No. 8 Michigan State prepares to travel to Eugene, Oregon, this weekend to face the third-ranked Ducks in the marquee non-conference game of the season. More

Michigan State an 11-point underdog vs. Oregon, Notre Dame favored to beat Michigan by 6

Nick Hill and the Spartans are 11-point underdogs for their game at Oregon on Saturday. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State's resounding victory in its season opener Friday night earned them some respect from Las Vegas, but not much. More

Michigan State looks as good as advertised in blowout victory

 Dale G. Young

This is how you're supposed to look if you think you're championship material. You make it look easy when you should, which is something last year's eventual Big Ten champs certainly took their time figuring out. More

Taiwan Jones 'pretty solid' as Michigan State's new man in the middle

Linebacker Taiwan Jones, shown here during Michigan State's Media Day, had two tackles in Friday night's victory over Jacksonville State. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The numbers don't exactly jump off the stat sheet, but that is only one way to judge Taiwan Jones' first start at middle linebacker for Michigan State. More

Michigan State goes on offensive early, often in season-opening rout

MSU's Tony Lippett (14) eludes a tackle from Jacksonville's Jermaine Hough (2). Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State scored on its fourth play from scrimmage and piled up 393 first-half yards on its way to a 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State at Spartan Stadium on Friday. More

Circus catch is crowning achievement for Michigan State's AJ Troup after return from injury

Michigan State's AJ Troup pulls down a touchdown pass in the first quarter with Jermaine Hough defending. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The junior receiver was playing in his first game for the Spartans and had just grabbed his first reception. And for good measure, it was an acrobatic grab. More

Michigan State's lopsided victory ensures all is well on defensive front

Arjen Colquhoun (36) and Darien Harris (45) gang up on the Jacksonville receiver in the second half. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The Spartans entered Friday's opener against Jacksonville State attempting to replace the likes of Max Bullough, Darqueze Dennard, Denicos Allen and Isaiah Lewis. More

Wojo's pigskin picks: Michigan State wants no part of Michigan's stunning upset history

Now that Michigan State is ruler of the state and ruler of the Big Ten, it's my duty, as arbiter of all that's righteous and ridiculous about college football, to lay out the responsibilities for such a lofty position. More

Michigan State excited to open season under the lights

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio says Friday night's opener against Jacksonville State is a 'statement game.' Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Regardless of who is lining up on the other side, night games are always a big deal at Michigan State, and Friday's was just the 15th in the history of Spartan Stadium. 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

MSU vs. Jacksonville State preview: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Michigan State freshmen make an impact; full depth chart here

Michigan State freshman Brian Allen, right, is listed as the Spartans' No. 2 center. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State is just three days from kicking off its season and on Tuesday morning released its depth chart for the opening week. And it actually included a few surprises. More

Michigan State unveils upgrades to Spartan Stadium

Michigan State's North End Zone addition to Spartan Stadium, ready for Friday's opener, adds a glass facade to the front of the building. Photos by Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Monday, school officials unveiled their latest step in joining those ranks permanently with the dedication of the North End Zone project at Spartan Stadium, highlighted by a state-of-the-art locker room. More

Former Michigan State basketball player Kenny Kaminski lands at Ohio U

Kenny Kaminski (30) had an up-and-down tenure with the Michigan State basketball program. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

After redshirting his first season at Michigan State with a shoulder injury, Kaminski had an up-and-down season in 2013-14. He was suspended two different times while also showing flashes as a proficient shooter who could help the Spartans offensively. More

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