Le'Veon Bell, Drew Hardin

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.

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.