Max DeMara Chimes in as a Guest Author With His Take on the Current State of MSU Football!

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After watching the Spartans play Michigan in an epic battle, the proof is out there once and for all that the football program is on the right track.

 

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Sure, Michigan State lost the game against Michigan in heartbreaking fashion after leading late in the fourth quarter, prompting Michigan fans to say “What else is new?” Well, answering their question properly requires only one name. Mark Dantonio.

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Fans will be tempted to pack in the season after these close losses and cling to their bleak 5-7 predictions. Personally, I still believe the Spartans will become bowl eligible due to the never say die attitude that coach Dantonio has instilled in the team. Eventually, the Spartans will be able to close the deal in one of these close games. It’s not hard to be frustrated and cynical about the team right now, especially after close losses like this one. It is hard for some to have faith in the little things that coach has done that have made 2007’s Spartans so much better for the future.

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Michigan outplayed Michigan State in the first half. If not for a few broken plays, under thrown passes and untimely penalties, Michigan State could have made the second half a runaway. Instead, they made things hard on themselves and spotted the Wolverines a 14-3 halftime lead.

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The second half was a complete about face. The Spartans came out pounding against Michigan and physically dominated them. The adjustments at half were spectacular on offense, special teams and defense as Michigan spent most of the third quarter buried behind the shadow of their own goalposts with the student section in their ears. The Spartans plowed into the end zone en route to a 24-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. Then Michigan flexed their muscles despite a gimpy Mike Hart. Chad Henne took over and hit Mario Manningham for a spot on highlight reel catch to give the Wolverines a lead they would not look back from. There is no shame in losing on a great college football play such as that one.

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Michigan State fans were left once again to sulk and ponder. However, this loss against Michigan was not like all the others. The team did not choke or flat out give up.  The Spartans simply do not have all the depth at this point to close the deal against championship caliber teams like Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin.  They played as champions and held their heads high even in defeat. There is no finger pointing and no more excuses. It will be a few years until the Spartans can match up on the field and on paper with great teams. The way this team has performed and not given up is a testament to good coaching and a tough mindset. Those are two things needed for programs to consistently win in college football.

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Everyone must remember that greatness is not achieved overnight. It is a process full of baby steps which this team has taken every week. Stay with them for two more weeks and one more home game to see what happens. They might just surprise you.

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For now, the Wolverines still rule the state roost. In the future, that may be different.