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Michigan State football: Home woes killed MSU’s season


Michigan State has been disappointing, to say the least, this year. The Spartans allowed Nebraska to come back from a 10-point deficit Saturday to win 28-14. That would not have been so bad on the road, but MSU allowed the comeback to happen at home and in front of approximately 70,000 Green and White fans.

However, Spartan Avenue is not the only team baffled with the home woes Michigan State has had this season. BTN.com writer Tom Dienhart talked about the same thing today in his Week 10 blog.

“This just isn’t Michigan State’s season,” Dienhart wrote. “The Spartans’ 28-24 loss to Nebraska was their fourth defeat at home this season—Notre Dame, Ohio State, Iowa Nebraska.”

The Spartans should have iced away the game, but because the team could not do that, it is still ineligible to receive a bowl bid. The remainder of its schedule may be too tough for the Spartans to get another win.

“Michigan State is 5-5 and in need of one more win to become bowl eligible,”
he wrote. “After being off next week, the Spartans have games left vs. Northwestern and at Minnesota. Will Michigan State make it?”

Northwestern has been terrific this year and it is led by its do-everything quarterback Kain Colter and its tremendous running back Venric Mark. More than likely Michigan State will lose that game. It is more realistic to think the Spartans will beat Minnesota on the road, but even that is a tough task to tackle.

Regardless if Michigan State gets a sixth win or not, this season has been an embarrassment. Coach Mark Dantonio must realign what he wants to do with his team this year and try to compete for a conference title next season with a different plan in mind.

“It’s quite a readjustment of goals for a team that some felt would win the Legends Division and perhaps the Big Ten,” Dienhart wrote.

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