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Mark Dantonio says, in Ohio, Michigan State is on top of Big Ten

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State defeated Ohio State for the Big Ten championship at the end of the 2013 season and went on to defeat Pac-12 champion Stanford for a Rose Bowl victory. As if the results on the field did not speak loudly enough, Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio is on tour reiterating the fact to any who will listen, including an audience at a fundraising event Wednesday night in Toledo, Ohio.

“We’re now at the top, and that’s where Ohio State has been,” Dantonio said according to Eleven Warriors. Dantonio was explaining how far Michigan State’s football program has come since he was named the head coach of the program in 2006. “When we [arrived in East Lansing] in 2006, we dreamed big,” Dantonio said earlier. “What we’ve been able to accomplish this past year was a result of that – seven years of sacrifice, commitment, laying our plan out and going through our goals.”

Michigan State has certainly been a program taking great strides to reach the top of the Big Ten summit since Dantonio arrived. Nothing has come easy for the Spartans but the program has managed to play in two of the first three Big Ten championship games while Michigan has yet to play in one. Dantonio has set the tone for the program by bringing a tougher mindset to the team and everyone from coaches to players has bought in. The proof, as the say goes, is in the pudding.

Is Michigan State now a top-shelf brand capable of carrying the rest of the Big Ten? Probably not. That responsibility will continue to fall on programs like Ohio State and Michigan, and perhaps Nebraska and Penn State over time. Michigan State will rarely be a huge ratings draw for a national audience, but the Spartans without a doubt belong in the conversation when discussing the top programs in the Big Ten.

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24 Responses to “Mark Dantonio says, in Ohio, Michigan State is on top of Big Ten”
  1. michiganstillsucks says: May 8, 2014 10:51 AM

    One year wonder. Didn’t OSU win like 10 straight big ten titles?? Give me a break….

  2. tigersfandan says: May 8, 2014 10:59 AM

    He likes the sound of his voice, doesn’t he?

  3. primetime0552 says: May 8, 2014 11:10 AM


    you’re starting to sound like Michigan fans – always living in the past.

    Currently Michigan State is on top in the Big ten, how can that be denied? Call it one year wonder if you want, but haven’t they won 11+ games 3 of the last 4 years? The exception being 2012 when they lost 5 Big Ten games by a combined 13 points? Their kicker missing a field goal in each of those losses(all with in the 35 yard line if I remember correctly).

  4. pack93z says: May 8, 2014 11:19 AM

    Knock Knock Knock.. I think someone is forgetting about Wisconsin in this discussion. Carry on.

  5. slash714 says: May 8, 2014 11:36 AM

    Lost 5 games just 2 years ago and now they’re the top in the big ten?? Do it for several years in a row and then we’ll talk!!

  6. mrlaloosh says: May 8, 2014 11:45 AM

    Being on top in the B1G is like being on top of the Mountain West. Nobody cares.

  7. Straight Cash Homie says: May 8, 2014 1:42 PM

    Being on top in the B1G is like being on top of the Mountain West. Nobody cares.

    I really wish there was a way I can give this a thumbs up more than once. But all kidding aside, the MW is better than that. Maybe more like being on top of CUSA.

  8. motownwalt says: May 8, 2014 4:59 PM

    The author is living in the distant past. The 2014 Rose Bowl game, featuring Michigan State and Stanford, was the highest-rated program of ANY type on ANY cable TV network since the 2013 NC game. Rose Bowl ratings were up 9% over the 2013 Rose Bowl, which featured Wisconsin and Stanford.

    Keep dreaming that the Big Ten needs U. of Michigan in order to be successful. Yes, it would be nice if they did not continue to stink — but Michigan State is more than capable of carrying the Conference, both with TV ratings and with their on-the-field performance.

    MSU is the only Big Ten team to have a 3-game winning streak in bowl games as well – defeating SEC East Champ Georgia, Big XII power TCU and Pac-12 Champ Stanford.

    The League needs MORE of the Spartans, not less.

  9. barkleyblows says: May 8, 2014 6:36 PM

    Wesconsen shouldn’t be mentioned… Ever.

    Unless ur talking about 3 straight rose bowl loses!! Hahaha that’s funny.

    On Wesconsen!!!

  10. garypagetwo says: May 8, 2014 6:43 PM

    i don’t get the joke on how you spell Wesconsen?

  11. garypagetwo says: May 8, 2014 6:43 PM

    barkleyblows seems like a fn idiot

  12. cfballfan1 says: May 8, 2014 7:26 PM

    As my friend Motown Walt said – the author is basing his conclusions on outdated league history. The 100th Rose Bowl drew an audience that the other bowl selection committees certainly noticed, and the storybook ending with the 2nd string, former walk – on MLB who had to replace one of the best players in school history stuffing the FB on 4th down. Come on – that’s the stuff they write for Feel – good Disney movies!

    Last season aside, watch what happens this fall, when the Spartan Dawgs beat down the B1G’s supposed “power” teams.

    Then tell us who is carrying the conference.

  13. killbubbakill says: May 9, 2014 12:00 AM

    GO GREEN !

  14. b0geyman says: May 9, 2014 12:55 AM

    Good luck finding a job with a “degree” from Lansing Community College.

  15. dkhhuey says: May 9, 2014 8:46 AM

    Love coach D – except of course, for the when OSU is playing them! He was instrumental in helping to bring the national championship title to OSU and I am incredibly happy to see him doing so well at MSU.

  16. bostonfrogs says: May 9, 2014 7:18 PM

    Wisconsin?? I think you’re mistaking “forgotten” with “irrelevant”. As for MSU, I don’t think anyone is ready to crown them yet. Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, and then MSU fights it out with Iowa and Wisconsin for 4th most relevant team in the BIG.

  17. smb0871 says: May 9, 2014 10:45 PM

    First off, I am a Spartan fan and am very proud of the work Dantonio and his staff has done over the years. We as Spartan fans have waited for a long time for this type of success. Secondly, why can’t MSU be in the same talk as the big guns of the Big Ten. They won 42 games in 4 years, 3 conference championships, gone to 2 of the first 3 big ten championship games winning one of them, they stopped OSU’s 24 game win streak, and represented the Big Ten by winning the 100th Rose Bowl.. They were the only team in the big ten ever to win all their games by double digits, and out of the 8 bowl wins by the big ten in the last 3 years the Spartans have won 3 of them. The best thing is they are doing all of this while being in the shadows of Michigan, OSU, and ND. So, to say MSU is not elite I get but to call them one hit wonders is kind of stretching it. Why is uofm still talked about. They’ve been irrelvant in the Big Ten for about 10 years with losses to Toledo, and the biggest upset ever to Appalachain State and not to mention losing 5 of the last 6 to Big Brother MSU. They have a losing record in the big ten over the last 5 years. So, the proof is in the pudding. From what I see, MSU is here to stay and as a Spartan fan I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  18. tdub821 says: May 13, 2014 7:56 AM

    You have to admit it’s cute that little brother thinks they are relevant in football. They win the B1G title in a down year for the conference. They win the Rose Bowl by an over-rated Stanford team with the worst offensive call in Rose Bowl history…”Hey it’s 4th and inches…lets run it up the middle where everyone is stacked up.” C’mon sparty, win the B1G title when you have to play the all big boys in your conference when they are all back. (Everyone knew ohio sucked and was over-rated and Michigan still sucks and is trying to repair from RR) So please, go back to what you know best….burning couches!

  19. smb0871 says: May 13, 2014 11:46 PM

    Wow, what you said was quite cute as well. Here is the thing, I would rather root for a team that beat an ¨overrated¨ Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl than a team that lost by 17 to a crappy Kansas State team in the I wipe my own ass Bowl. Your team is an embarrassment to the Big Ten and you have been irrelevant for almost 10 years. You went from a team that was elite to losing to the likes of Appalachian State, and the bottom dweller of the MAC Toledo. Actually, I found it quite entertaining watching our little sister struggle against the likes of Akron, and UCONN also bottom dwellers of their leagues. Hmmm, am I seeing a trend. As far as burning couches, seriously, who is going to help your athletes smoke their Marijuana. Actually, the last fire at MSU was set by Mitch McGary before he took a hit from his bowl.

  20. tdub821 says: May 14, 2014 9:30 AM

    Always love the inferiority complex that little brother has with big brother. At the end of the day, you’re still lowly msu.

  21. smb0871 says: May 14, 2014 12:29 PM

    And your pathetic uofm. Its arrogant fans like you that make us MSU fans absolutely hate the little sister. The funny thing is since lowly little mike i did nothing in the nfl hart said what he said MSU has been kicking little sisters ass on the football field. And quite frankly as a uofm fan i would be acting like you are because again, this football season, you have nothing to look forward to. So, what are you going to be doing on saturdays in the fall. Oh, probably saying thank god for basketball season. Because, for the 11th year in a row you will be a bottom feeder in the Big Ten. So, you can talk all the crap you want and say whatever makes you feel about MSU. Your team is nothing and again you will be watching MSU have all the success on the football field while you sit there and wonder if you would even be competitive in the MAC.

  22. tdub821 says: May 15, 2014 8:14 AM

    Your jealously of “NFL Quarterback University” is hilarious. We are Michigan, the greatest university in the world. You may want to run down to IKEA, I hear their having a sale on couches. Or in your case you may want to consider a futon.

  23. uffdatx says: May 15, 2014 10:25 AM

    WOW tdub821,

    You’re a legend in your own mind. Are you the genius that came up with the former Big 10 division names, Legends and Leaders? Maybe you should come down here to Texas and buy a 10 gallon hat for your 10 gallon head.

    Go Bucks!

  24. smb0871 says: May 15, 2014 10:48 AM

    Apparently tdub821 your smoking the same stuff McGary is. We should all stand back to let your head expand. You may be the “greatest university” as you put it but to the rest if the realistic college football world you are a joke. What an embarrassment your school is, where you used to be to where you are now is hysterical. You are a typical uofm fan, you dont like anyone else having success, but i guess after 5 years of crap it must be hard to watch MSU and OSU have as much success as we have. So, good luck this year and remember, thank god for basketball season

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