No. 12 Michigan St tries to start new streak
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State has enjoyed plenty of success since the start of the 2013 season.
Now coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartans must deal with the kind of disappointment they haven't felt in nearly two years. No. 12 Michigan State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) is essentially out of the playoff picture after a 49-37 home loss to Ohio State on Saturday, its first Big Ten loss since Northwestern won at Spartan Stadium on Nov. 17, 2012.
Dantonio said he watched film from the Ohio State game again on Monday and determined his team played hard and didn't quit. Now the Spartans travel to Maryland (6-3, 3-2) for a game Saturday night.
''It's going to get better or worse. That's our choice,'' Dantonio said. ''We're not going to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to move forward and the best way to do it is to get back to practice today.''
Ohio State (8-1, 5-0) is now one game up in the East Division and holds the tiebreaker over Michigan State, finishing with games at Minnesota and home against Indiana and Michigan. The Spartans finish at Maryland, home against Rutgers and at Penn State. Dantonio noted his team isn't technically out of the conference race, but is focused more on bouncing back with a strong showing against the Terrapins.
''A lot of (teams are) sitting around wondering, `What do we do next?' That's competition at the highest level,'' Dantonio said. ''Deal with it, be a man about it and move on.''
The Spartans have played well in November under Dantonio whether a conference championship is at stake or not. Michigan State has reached seven straight bowl games and is still hopeful of a fourth 10-win season in the last five years.
''When things go poorly for us we do respond,'' Dantonio said.