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Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett thrives in shift to offense

Tony Lippett turned this catch into a Michigan State touchdown in the season-opening victory over Jacksonville State. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

What he's done in his third full season is become Michigan State's most reliable receiver. In the opener against Jacksonville State, he had a career-high 167 yards and followed that with a career-high 11 receptions against Oregon. More

Emerging leaders have MSU's Tom Izzo looking forward to season

Tom Izzo gets after Branden Dawson on the sideline during an NCAA Tournament game against Connecticut earlier this year. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

While last week was an off week for the Michigan State football team, things are just beginning to ramp up for Izzo and the basketball team, starting with recruiting and individaul workouts. More

Idle Michigan State moves up two spots to No. 11 in Top 25

Jeremy Langford, right, and Michigan State are No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State (2-1), which was off this week after last week's loss at Oregon, is No. 11 in this week's poll, taking advantage of losses by Georgia and USC, which sent them tumbling in the poll. More

Missed assignments could lead to lineup changes on Michigan State defense

Pat Narduzzi: 'We didn't finish the game and didn't finish plays when we had the opportunity.' Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Less than a week after allowing as many points as it has in the last four seasons, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi was lamenting the missed opportunities in a 46-27 loss to Oregon while suggesting there could be changes to the lineup. More

Michigan State's goals still within reach, despite loss to Oregon

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook threw for 343 yards against Oregon, but coach Mark Dantonio says he could have played better. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

With a bye this week, the Spartans have had a light week while the staff has been focusing on recruiting. But they were back on the practice field Thursday pointing toward next week's game against Eastern Michigan. More

Spartans No. 9, Wolverines No. 10 in ESPN's College Basketball Future Power Rankings

Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice are two key returning players for the Spartans in 2014-15. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State and Michigan are ranked ninth and 10th in ESPN's Future Power Rankings -- an analysis on the health of college basketball progams. More

Michigan State has proven it can bounce back after frustrating losses

'We lost the football game, but I don't think we lost our team, and there is big difference there,' MSU coach Mark Dantonio said during the Big Ten coaches' teleconference Tuesday. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

The Spartans enjoy a bye again this week and while it won't be an intense week, coach Mark Dantonio sees no reason to believe his team won't respond the way it did last season. More

For Michigan State's defense, limiting big plays tops to-do list

Michigan State's Marcus Rush forces Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) out of the pocket Saturday at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

After Saturday's 46-27 defeat at the hands of Oregon, it's clear that this unit — while it showed flashes of dominance against the Ducks — still has plenty of work to do to become the elite group it has been the previous three seasons. More

MSU-EMU will start at noon BTN; UM-Utah is at 3:30 on ABC

Tyler Allen and Eastern Michigan visit Michigan State on Sept. 20. Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

The Spartans (1-1) will host Eastern Michigan at noon on the Big Ten Network. The Wolverines (1-1) will entertain Utah at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. More

Michigan State will regroup after demoralizing loss to Oregon

R.J. Shelton streaks upfield on a 59-yard kickoff return, part of his 209 all-purpose yards for Michigan State. Dale G. Young

Missed assignments and missed tackles caught up to them in the final quarter-plus as Oregon scored 28 straight points to win, 46-27. The loss ended an 11-game winning streak and put Michigan State in a difficult position nationally just two games into the season. More

Michigan State falls to No. 13 in AP poll after loss to Oregon

Jeremy Langford had 86 yards on 24 carries against Oregon. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State fell from No. 7 to No. 13 in this week's Associated Press college football poll following the 46-27 loss to Oregon. More

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