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Updated: that’s Indiana being Indiana, y’all


Updated 4:00 p.m. ET: To answer someone’s question, yes, the idea of losing to Indiana was enough to scare Michigan State into playing actual football.

Down 13 points at the half, Sparty kept the Hoosiers scoreless in the second half and scored 17 points to win 31-27. Running back Le’Veon Bell got going with 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns while MSU’s defense completely shut IU down, allowing under 50 yards.

It’s kind of embarrassing that Michigan State needed to come back against Indiana, and Mark Dantonio might show just how unhappy he is in another post-game press conference, but sometimes you just have to take the win any way you can get it.


Whatever slump Michigan State has been in over the past few weeks doesn’t look like it’s ending anytime soon. The Spartans aren’t helping themselves either by taking out their frustrations on the field.

MSU has six personal foul penalties and seven total penalties for 105 yards as Indiana leads 27-14 at the half. That’s undisciplined for any team, but MSU looks like it’s unraveling. Indiana has cashed in on those mistakes, not to mention played fearless by executing a surprise onside kick.

IU quarterback Cameron Coffman has thrown for 256 yards against what has been a good Michigan State defense this year (the Spartans have not allowed over 20 points this season).

Now, Sparty’s offense needs to play catch up while its defense needs to clamp down. Can Michigan State get it done?

Next question.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah