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Couch: Michigan State's path to the College Football Playoff isn't as crazy as you think

 

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The bottom line is this: For MSU (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) to reach the playoff, there can be no more than three more deserving teams. And the Spartans, of course, have to beat Ohio State, Maryland and Rutgers and then Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. If all of that were to happen — and I’d put the odds at maybe 15 percent — MSU would be 11-2, Big Ten champions, with wins over the Badgers, Buckeyes, Penn State, Michigan and Iowa on its resume. That’ll stack up well against any other two-loss conference champion.

 

There is a pretty good chance the Pac-12 will have a two-loss champ and one with a lesser resume than the Spartans. There’s also a decent chance the Big 12 champion will have a second loss. That would have to be the case for MSU to have any real shot. But 8-1 Oklahoma still plays TCU and West Virginia before the Big 12 title game. And the Sooners’ win at Ohio State in September wouldn’t be any stronger than the Spartans’ win in Columbus in November. Remember, we’re taking a sizable leap for the purposes of this column and assuming an MSU victory this weekend.

 

TCU, which is 8-1 as well, still plays at Oklahoma and at Texas Tech before a possible Big 12 title game matchup with the Sooners. If the winner of that game has two losses, I think MSU would fair well in an objective Dec. 3 comparison.

 

 

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Ohio State's Five-Year War with Michigan State rages on -- Bill Livingston (photos)

 

 

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The Five-Year War?

After getting trampled at Iowa, resulting in all sorts of "worst ever" categories for Meyer, the Buckeyes face the only Big Ten team to have beaten them twice under Meyer.  How close has it been?

  • Michigan State is 2-3 against Ohio State in the Meyer years.
  • Ohio State twice has won, 17-16, including last year at East Lansing.
  • Michigan State spoiled two perfect OSU seasons (2013, 2015).
  • It took one of the best games of  quarterback J.T. Barrett's career at Michigan State in 2014 for the Buckeyes to win, 49-37.
  • The aggregate score in the Five-Year War is Ohio State 121, Michigan State 120.

 

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On 11/11/2017 at 5:52 PM, sabretooth said:

Well that was easy for OSU.

Yep, started badly and went downhill from there.

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What a great story for Willekes....

Michigan State's Kenny Willekes, a former walk-on, in running for award as nation's top DE

 

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Kenny Willekes hadn't started a game and logged only four college snaps for Michigan State before this season.

The redshirt sophomore defensive end is now in the running for a national award.

Willekes was named to the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top defensive end. He is one of 27 players on the final watch list and one of three from the Big Ten, along with Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Michigan's Chase Winovich. Eastern Michigan's Maxx Crosby and Central Michigan's Joe Ostman are also on the final watch list and a winner will be announced Dec. 6.

 

 

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