Michigan State is off to a 2-1 start to begin the 2014 season. Their two wins came against Jacksonville State and Michigan and their one loss came against Oregon. The three marquee games left on the Spartans schedule are Nebraska, Ohio State, and Michigan. The Spartans take on Nebraska at home on Oct. 4. They take on Michigan at home three weeks later on Oct. 25. After Michigan they get a week off before Ohio State comes to town.
Michigan State History
As a program, Michigan State is not exactly one of the most tradition rich teams in the history of college football. Still, Michigan State tickets sell very well, year in and year out. They had one era during the 50’s and 60’s under Clarence Munn and Duffy Daugherty where they did win six national championships, three of them consensus, but outside of that one era, not much. In total they have had 27 All-Americans and 11 of them are in the college football hall of fame. Most of that came during the 50’s and 60’s.
The Michigan State Spartans finished 2014 with a record of 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference. The first of the two losses came against Oregon on the road in week two by a score of 46-27. Michigan State shouldn't feel too bad though. Autzen Stadium may be the hardest building in America at the moment to go win a road game. The second of the two losses came at home against at the time 8th ranked Ohio State by a score of 49-37. This loss is what kept the Spartans out of the Big Ten Championship game. Michigan State finished their season by defeating Baylor in maybe the best game of the 2014-2015 college football bowl season by a score of 42-41.
Michigan State returns many experienced players in 2015. The most notable of these is starting quarterback Connor Cook. Standing 6' 4” and 220 pounds, Coonor Cook is the prototypical big, strong, dropback pocket passer who as of this moment, is in contention to be drafted first overall next Spring. Michigan State's two biggest tests again this season will be Oregon in week two and Ohio State on Nov. 21, although the locations are switched around this time. Oregon will travel to East Lansing to take on the Spartans and Michigan State will travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State.