Dantonio, about to become the fourth Spartans coach with 100 career games, promises to have the Spartans ready for anything.
“It’s a team with the same kind of passion we had last year, the same kind of camaraderie, but a little better leadership,” Tom Izzo said.
During Mark Dantonio’s seven seasons at Michigan State he has had some of the best trick plays in college football.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio made it clear the Spartans have too much to lose to take Indiana lightly.
Indiana starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld will undergo season-ending surgery this week after injuring his left shoulder in the second quarter of the Hoosiers’ 45-29 loss to Iowa.
The website lists the Spartans’ odds at 13/2, making MSU the favorite ahead of Florida State, Mississippi State, Alabama and Oklahoma.
The in-state rivalry game between Michigan and Michigan State will start at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio believes his eighth-ranked Spartans deserve to be in the inaugural College Football Playoff if they win the rest of their games.
No one believes Michigan can beat MSU, including the Spartans, and it is a rivalry. MSU is stronger, more physical and better equipped to win that game. But it is also a game where I could see them pound Michigan early and let off the gas.
On a day when so many top teams lost in wild fashion, Michigan State narrowly avoided a breathtaking collapse.