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A general with innate West Point leadership

A general with innate West Point leadership

By Tom ShanahanOne game plan remains with X’s and O’s churning through Mark Dantonio’s mind to wrap up a remarkable bounce-back season. The Michigan State coach’s football brain and innate leadership that was worthy of a 1974 West Point appointment flipped the Spartans' 3-9...

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Here are my game-by-game predictions for Notre Dame’s bounceback season from a dismal 4-8 finish in 2016. The Irish will start quickly, but the schedule is bottom heavy. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports story ...

Spartans overlooked early warning signs

Spartans overlooked early warning signs

Players say things in the optimism of the preseason that can be blamed on youthful enthusiasm. But in the aftermath of a ravaged season, such comments can be reviewed as a red-in-the-morning warning that they were out of touch with an approaching storm.Turn back the clock to...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...

CFP pattern to Michigan State and Ohio State

CFP pattern to Michigan State and Ohio State

Michigan State and Ohio State meet in November for the third straight year of the College Football Playoff era, and they’ve established a pattern to determine the Big Ten’s CFP representative.It’s a small sample size, to be sure, but the results are dramatic enough to reviewClick...

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Michigan State All-American fullback Bob Apisa missed the 1966 Game of the Century with a knee injury, but decades later he tucked the game ball under his arm for one last carry. It was a house fire he escaped rather than Notre Dame’s tacklers. “The first thing I did was grab...

Dantonio deals Cousins as his trump card

Dantonio deals Cousins as his trump card

As Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s summer satellite camp tour — numbering 38 national stops and trips to Australia and American Samoa — continues, the oxygen for recruiting news seems to be leaving the room.Whatever’s left has been quickly burned up by Nick Saban and other SEC (and...

Oklahoma passes Michigan State for top program

Oklahoma passes Michigan State for top program

The Oklahoma and Michigan State football and basketball programs ranked 1-2 for 2015-16 with the highest combined national rankings in college athletics’ revenue sports.The unique ranking is something I came up with three years ago when Michigan State, my alma mater, piqued my...

Tressel says Dantonio was right man at right time

Tressel says Dantonio was right man at right time

Jim Tressel’s answer to a complicated question seemed too simple coming from the professorial former Ohio State coach famed for his sweater-vest.Why has Mark Dantonio succeeded at Michigan State when so many coaches before him failed? Tressel had some insight on the subject since...