TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans stands with his team before taking the field for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs at Sun Devil Stadium on December 29, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. The Spartans defeated the Horned Frogs 17-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dantonio Says Spartans Won’t Run Up The Score On Eastern Michigan

“Our guys need to come ready to play,” Dantonio said. “If there’s a message out of this press conference, that would be the message.”

09/16/2014

Quarterback Tyler O'Connor of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to hand off the ball as tight end Jamal Lyles #11 moves up to block against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Spartan Stadium on August 29, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Michigan State Reports Near-Record Football Season-Ticket Sales

Michigan State Athletics Department officials reported 61,931 football season tickets have been sold for the 2014 season – the second-highest total in school history.

97.1 The Ticket–09/16/2014

Quarterback Tyler O'Connor of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to hand off the ball as tight end Jamal Lyles #11 moves up to block against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Spartan Stadium on August 29, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

No. 3 Oregon Ready To Host No. 7 Michigan State

For Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, there’s truth in the old cliche: Defense wins championships.

97.1 The Ticket–09/06/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - AUGUST 29:  Wide receiver Aaron Burbridge #16 of the Michigan State Spartans hurdles safety Folo Johnson #4 of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks on a 15-yard run during the first quarter at Spartan Stadium on August 29, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Caputo: 3 Things MSU Must Do In Order To Beat Oregon

The Spartans’ defense is capable of crowding the line of scrimmage and forcing Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to try to beat them with passes deep.

97.1 The Ticket–09/05/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - AUGUST 30:  Quarterback Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines hands the ball off during the first half of the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers on August 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Mountaineers 52-14.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Big Week For The Big Ten

The Big Ten has been fighting a perception for the last few years that it has fallen a step behind the rest of the major college football world, and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was armed with a quick rebuttal when the question came up again Tuesday.

97.1 The Ticket–09/03/2014

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Quarterback Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans signs an autograph after their 24-20 win over the Stanford Cardinal in the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Confident Cook Leads Michigan State Into Showdown

Connor Cook tried his best last season to ignore the talk of how Michigan State’s defense was carrying the team.

97.1 The Ticket–09/03/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans looks to pass against the defense of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Big Ten Conference Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Dantonio Says Michigan State Will Not Be Intimidated Going To No. 3 Oregon

“If you look at our football program right now from when we’ve come in 2007, it was trying to get to these moments,” Dantonio said.

CBS Detroit–09/02/2014

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Michigan State’s Mascot Sparty Gets A New Look [PHOTO]

On Friday, August 29 during his runout prior to kickoff of the MSU vs. Jacksonville State football game, Michigan State University mascot Sparty will show off some changes to his appearance.

CBS Detroit–08/29/2014

Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drags down Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans in the third quarter during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated Picks MSU In Sugar Bowl And Michigan In Tax Slayer Bowl

Do you think either of these predictions will come true?

97.1 The Ticket–08/28/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: General view of Spartan Stadium Stadium during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 15, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan State Makes Spartan Stadium Improvements

Michigan State University has dedicated a $24.5 million addition to Spartan Stadium.

CBS Detroit–08/26/2014

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EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 04:  The Michigan State Spartans celebrate a 27-22 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Spartan Stadium on October 4, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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