EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio watches the action from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on October 25, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 35-11.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan State Not Focused On Polls

Mark Dantonio has never paid much attention to polls and the new college football playoff rankings are no different.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Delton Williams #22 of the Michigan State Spartans runs for a first down during the second quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Looking For Playoff Contenders Outside The Obvious

The first games after the release of the College Football Playoff rankings have a chance to reveal some new contenders.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Mike Sadler #3 and Lawrence Thomas #8 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a win over the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

1 Game Likely To Decide B10 East; West Is A Mess

Two things are apparent in the Big Ten as November approaches.

97.1 The Ticket–10/29/2014

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 20: Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo talks to Denzel Valentine #45 during their game against the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Spartans Still A Threat After Losing Harris, Payne

Tom Izzo is still lamenting an opportunity that slipped away last season.

97.1 The Ticket–10/29/2014

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans gestures from the bench against the Virginia Cavaliers during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Michigan State’s Bess Needs Surgery On Foot

Michigan State freshman Javon Bess is expected to miss at least a month with a right foot injury.

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 04: Trae Waynes #15 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a fourth quarter interception to seal a 27-22 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers with teammates Shilique Calhoun #89 and Darian Hicks #2 at Spartan Stadium on October 4, 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Waynes Named Semifinalist For Jim Thorpe Award

Michigan State junior cornerback Trae Waynes has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually since 1986 to the nation’s top defensive back by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantinio and Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke shake hands after the game at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverine 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan State Not Easing Up On Michigan

No matter how easily Michigan State beats Michigan these days, the Spartans always seem to find a reason to feel disrespected.

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Travis Jackson #63 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a win over the Michigan Wolverines at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Michigan Embarrassed Themselves Saturday [BLOG/VIDEO]

Even before Michigan and Michigan State took the field at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, we all knew what the outcome would be.

97.1 The Ticket–10/27/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantinio and Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke shake hands after the game at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverine 35-11. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Hoke Apologizes For Stake Planted In Spartan Field During Pre-Game [VIDEO]

It didn’t take long for Michigan coach Brady Hoke to issue an apology, taking full responsibility for the action because the stake was used during practice as a motivational tool.

97.1 The Ticket–10/26/2014

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 25: RJ Williamson #26 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after intercepting a pass from Devin Gardner (not in photo) of the Michigan Wolverines  and running 29 yards for the touchdown during the third quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on October 25 , 2014 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Spartans Handle Michigan Again, 35-11

The Spartans have won six of their past seven games against the Wolverines, only the second time Michigan State has accomplished that in a series that dates to 1898.

97.1 The Ticket–10/25/2014

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