If there’s a bigger game on Michigan State’s remaining schedule than this weekend’s tilt with Ohio State, please fill me in.
Yes, the subsequent schedule of top-20 opponents in Michigan, Wisconsin, and a road tilt at Nebraska loom large in the month of October. And yes, each one is big in its own right. (Maybe “big” isn’t quite the correct term for it. I’ve heard people call it the “Murderer’s Row Schedule” and the “Ides of October”)
But in my mind this game isn’t just important for Michigan State. It’s more than that because of the chain reaction effect it could have on the rest of the season. With a win, the Spartans can say, “You know what, despite our deficiencies on special teams thus far and the lack of continuity along the o-line, we’ve come together, improved and won a big game.”
Also, do you know what a win would do for the confidence of a team and a program that in recent years has struggled to play well in some of its bigger road games? Even more, how about a win at Ohio State? It hasn’t been done since 1998, and remains the loan team in conference – aside from Nebraska – [..]
For the first time in the Mark Dantonio era player availability to the media has been cut off. And yes, all of us in the media have been speculating (a lot of complaining too) about the reason over the last 24 hours. However, at today’s press conference, we received some answers…I think.
“I feel like I don't want them in a compromising situation this week,” said Dantonio. “We've got a lot of players from Ohio, we've got guys with pressure on them, and they don't need the additional pressure.”
This article on Marcus Rush from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press might’ve been one of the reasons. (In case you missed it)
Dantonio went on to say: “I think there's pressure on a lot of points in our program. I think our quarterback gets asked a lot of questions. (He's) constantly, constantly talking to the media, and he needs to play well and he needs to get away from that. He needs to relax.”
So there you have it. Take it or leave it. For this week, we in the media will have to take it. But some may not leave it alone. I for one, will.
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Saturday, the Michigan State offense struggled mightily to run the football, gaining just 29 yards on 23 attempts. Now, just three days later, it appears that the Spartans struggles could continue.
On Monday, MSU announced that right tackle Skyler Burkland had been lost for the season after suffering a “fracture/dislocation” of his left ankle in the first half against Notre Dame.
Tuesday, the news got even worse when Head Coach Mark Dantonio announced that senior offensive tackle Jared McGaha –who sprained his MCL in practice and missed last week’s game – would be absent until after the bye week.
“He should be able to play for the Michigan game,” said Coach Dantonio on Tuesday. “We’ll probably miss him next week, get healthy enough to practice during the bye week and we’ll have him for the Michigan game. But I would not anticipate him playing next week.”
If that weren’t enough, Coach D also announced that center Blake Treadwell would be out for at least one week with an MCL sprain suffered on Saturday.
“It remains to be seen how soon he will be back,” Dantonio led on. “Whether that’s one [..]