Michigan State Spartans
“This is still the most important game on the schedule for me personally and for our program,” Dantonio said.
Hoke dismissed a question about Michigan’s status as a 15-point underdog, saying only gamblers care about that — and he does not gamble.
If all goes well, the Wolverines could walk out of Spartan Stadium having ruined Michigan State’s national-title hopes, but they insist that’s not their focus.
The Spartans (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) have won five straight overall, 13 consecutive games over conference foes and tied the school record with an eighth straight road win in league play.
The Boilermakers kept poking holes in the Spartans’ vaunted defense and twice got within a touchdown after falling into double-digit deficits.
In 2013, Nebraska totaled 392 yards against what would end up as the nation’s No. 2 defense, the problem was that the Huskers committed five turnovers and the Spartans won 41-28.
Jeremy Langford rushed for 137 of the No. 9 Spartans’ 533 total yards and his 3-1 team completed its most explosive prolific four games in school history with a 50.3-point average.
The Spartans came up three points short of matching the school record set in 1989 against Northwestern and found the end zone on their first five possessions.
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“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.