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Saturday, November 19, 2011

New era of Big Ten could belong to Spartans

Three wins. That's all Michigan State needs to establish itself as the Big Ten's model program going forward in this new era of the conference. As of now, the Spartans are in control of their own destiny. They don't need any help -- and judging by the conversation in the Twitter world, they certainly don't want any from Michigan.
Today it's Indiana. Next week it's at Northwestern -- both teams MSU has a track record of beating. Should be no different this year, which would give MSU an opportunity to win the first-ever Big Ten championship game.
As it stands, the Big Ten at least for the immediate future is a three team race. Ohio State is a mess, even if Urban Meyer does take the job, it will take time. Iowa has become typecast as an eight-win football team. Purdue's ship has long since sailed. Michigan is still rebuilding towards becoming a championship caliber team. Who knows if Penn State will ever recover from what it's going through now. That leaves MSU, Wisconsin and Nebraska.
If the Spartans drop one of their final two games and allow Nebraska to face Wisconsin in the championship game, it will be a major setback. Yet, an inaugural championship game appearance -- potentially a win and Rose Bowl bid -- puts MSU at the top.
A win today against Indiana caps off back-to-back undefeated seasons at home for MSU. The next step will be winning its second-consecutive conference championship (this time it would be outright).
It's going to be a new Big Ten going forward. MSU has an opportunity to put itself in the drivers seat.

Here's some more Spartan news from around the web:
Michigan State-Indiana Preview: Stats and Facts --

Mark Dantonio's first class on verge of leaving great legacy -- The Detroit News


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