COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa had a lot on his mind this week. That was only natural after his brother Tua was stretchered off with a head injury while playing for the Miami Dolphins.
Michigan State (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Maryland (3-1, 0-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Maryland by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — When the opening kick bounced off return man Tai Felton's helmet for a baffling turnover, Maryland seemed headed toward another face-plant against a top opponent.
These Terrapins, however, have a chance to be different.
Michigan State blew up the market for college football coaches last season by giving Mel Tucker a massive 10-year contract as the Spartans charged out to a 9-1 start in his second campaign.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tanner Morgan threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns and Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 103 yards and a score to lead Minnesota to a 34-7 rout over struggling Michigan State in the Big Ten opener for both schools.
SEATTLE (AP) — The first three games of Kalen DeBoer’s tenure at Washington were about proving to the Huskies that they had successfully left the trouble from the past couple of seasons behind.
Now that the 18th-ranked Huskies have earned some attention, the next step is proving it to the rest of the Pac-12 and beyond.
Minnesota (3-0) at Michigan State (2-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (Big Ten network)
Line: Minnesota by 3 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 18 Washington (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. Stanford (1-1, 0-1), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Washington by 14, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington emphatically stated its case as a contender in the Pac-12 with a 39-28 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — Kalen DeBoer knew no matter how well the transition had gone, this was the week that would validate — one way or another — what Washington had showed so far.
Behind a spectacular performance by Michael Penix Jr., the Huskies emphatically stated their case as a contender in the Pac-12 and maybe worth some national recognition.
No. 11 Michigan State (2-0) at Washington (2-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Washington by 3 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
SEATTLE (AP) — For two weeks against lesser competition, it has all gone according to plan. Impressive moments on both sides of the ball against teams that should be warmups for challenges still to come.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. appears ready for next week’s matchup with an old Big Ten rival after another lightning-fast start.
The Huskies stayed unbeaten under new coach Kalen DeBoer with a 52-6 win over FCS opponent Portland State on Saturday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Jalen Berger ran for 107 yards and three touchdowns and Michigan State’s defense forced four fumbles Saturday to help the 14th ranked Spartans to a 52-0 victory over Akron.
Akron (1-0) at No. 14 Michigan State (1-0), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network)
Line: Michigan State by 34 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Portland State (0-1) at Washington (1-0), 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Washington)
Line: No line, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Michigan State coach Mel Tucker is challenging his players to raise their level of intensity Saturday when the 14th-ranked Spartans host Akron.
The third-year Spartans coach was not pleased with his team’s effort Friday night in a season-opening 35-13 victory over Western Michigan.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State linebacker Darius Snow is out for the season and safety Xavier Henderson will be sidelined indefinitely after both were injured when the 15th-ranked Spartans beat Western Michigan in their season opener.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Payton Thorne played well in spurts, allowing No. 15 Michigan State to earn a lopsided win over Western Michigan despite struggling for long stretches of the opener on both sides of the ball.
Michigan State has quickly changed the conversation about its football program.
The Spartans are ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP Top 25 going into Saturday's home game against Western Michigan.
Western Michigan (0-0) at No. 15 Michigan State (0-0), Friday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Michigan State by 20 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mel Tucker smokes cigars and poses with expensive cars on social media, hoping to grab the attention of recruits from coast to coast and perhaps pique interest of fans near and far.
Low expectations rarely disappoint.
That's not to say your favorite team will fail to live up to the promise that comes with landing a spot in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 college football poll presented by Regions Bank that was released Monday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State Spartans are openly talking about winning a national championship, confidently saying they can top last year's 11-win season.
Mel Tucker, entering his third season with the Spartans, knows what it takes to win it all.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford steered away from questions at Big Ten media days about his recent conversation with the leader of a group trying to organize college football players and toward preparation for the season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A newspaper is suing to try to force Michigan State University to release agreements with two donors who are helping pay the salary of football coach Mel Tucker.
The Detroit Free Press said Michigan State won't give up the documents, citing privacy.
Michigan State leaned on Kenneth Walker III a lot during its turnaround season, handing him the ball 22 times a game with much success.
This spring, and in the fall, someone else will need to run the ball for the Spartans because Walker skipped his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan state receiver and kick returner Jayden Reed is returning to play for the Spartans in 2022.
Reed announced his decision Tuesday on social media.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mitchell Fineran kicked a 39-yard field goal in overtime and Purdue finished off its best season since 2003 by overcoming a 14-point deficit and beating Tennessee 48-45 on Thursday in a record-setting Music City Bowl.
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State capped its turnaround from from a two-win season with a fourth-quarter comeback in the Peach Bowl.
Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No.
ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan State's last-ranked pass defense can't relax in the Peach Bowl just because Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett isn't playing.
The No. 11 Spartans (10-2) still have to worry about Jordan Addison, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top wide receiver, when they face No.
No. 13 Pittsburgh (11-2, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (10-2, Big Ten), Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern (ESPN)
Line: Michigan State favored by 2 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett walked into Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi's office last week and spent 30 minutes laughing about the 13th-ranked Panthers' remarkable season, one that carried them to the program's first ACC title and Pickett to a prime spot on NFL draft boards.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Peach Bowl will go on without Kenneth Walker and Kenny Pickett.
Walker, an All-America running back at Michigan State, and Pickett, a record-setting quarterback for Pittsburgh, both announced Thursday they are skipping the bowl game to focus on the NFL draft.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said Monday he was uncertain whether All-America running back Kenneth Walker will play for 11th-ranked Spartans against No.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is The Associated Press college football player of the year, giving the Crimson Tide their second consecutive winner.
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Georgia Tech player Travares Tillman is returning to his alma mater to oversee the Yellow Jackets’ pass defense and work with defensive backs, coach Geoff Collins announced Tuesday.
Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III and Ohio State's C.J. Stroud are The Associated Press Big Ten co-offensive players of the year, and the Spartans' Mel Tucker edged out Michigan's Jim Harbaugh for coach of the year.
ATLANTA (AP) — No. 13 Pittsburgh (11-2, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (10-2, Big Ten), Dec. 30, 7 p.m. ET
ATLANTA (AP) — A milestone season for Pittsburgh and quarterback Kenny Pickett is continuing with a Peach Bowl matchup against Michigan State.
No. 13 Pitt’s reward for its first Atlantic Coast Conference championship is the Panthers' first New Year’s Six bowl since 2004 in the Dec.
Rocky Lombardi was looking for a new place to play football after deciding to transfer from Michigan State nearly a year ago.
Northern Illinois, meanwhile, was searching for a quarterback to spark a turnaround.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten announced Tuesday that Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson is its defensive player of the year and Michigan State's Mel Tucker is the coach of the year.
Hutchinson leads the conference and is third nationally with 13 sacks, including three in the win over Ohio State last week.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State was unfazed by injuries, illness, snowy conditions and an embarrassing loss the previous week.
The Spartans put all that behind them and finished the regular season on a high note.
Penn State (7-4, 4-4 Big Ten) at No. 12 Michigan State (9-2, 6-2, No. 12 CFP), Saturday at 3:30 EST (ABC).
Line: Penn State by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne relived his team’s outing at Ohio State three times on film. The team’s nightmarish performance will be hard to forget.
“It was tough to watch and see the things that happened,” he said of the 56-7 road loss to the Buckeyes.
Michigan State is giving Mel Tucker a $95 million, 10-year contract, making an aggressive move to keep a football coach who potentially could have left for LSU or the NFL.
“I am honored to be a part of the Spartan process today, and for years to come," Tucker wrote Wednesday in a post on Twitter.
Things to watch during Week 13 of play in the Big Ten Conference:
It took 12 weeks of regular-season play to have a turnover-free AP Top 25.
For the first time in 2021 all the teams that were ranked in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank last week stayed ranked this week.
The superpowers asserted themselves over the upstarts Saturday.
In a season that has been dotted with upsets and surprises, the most talented teams are rising to the top.