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Rose Bowl preview? Arizona State and Michigan State to tango in 2018 and 2019


Arizona State and Michigan State have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. If the success enjoyed by both teams in 2013 can be sustained in the coming years, there could be some good odds the regular season clashes could be a legitimate Rose Bowl preview those seasons as well.

According to a release by Arizona State, the Sun Devils will host Michigan State on September 8, 2018. Michigan State will host the second half of the series on September 14, 2019.

“I am excited that we are able to announce the series with Michigan State University,” Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said in a statement released by Arizona State. “Scheduling is very important to the overall success of a program and this is the type of matchup that we are seeking to fulfill our future dates. This series will help build our football program.”

Unlike the new scheduling policies in the ACC and SEC, there is no non-conference scheduling requirement in the Big Ten or Pac-12. Simply put, this scheduling agreement is not required to fulfill a non-conference requirement for either school. This is just a good, quality series designed to enhance the strength of schedule for each school (and each conference by extension). By the time this series rolls around each team will be playing a nine-game conference schedule as well.

The two schools have faced each other twice before. Michigan State and Arizona State split a home-and-home series in 1985 and 1986 with the home team winning each game.

Badgers losing top TE for 4-8 weeks

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tight end Austin Traylor #46 of the Wisconsin Badgers makes a 38 yard reception during the fourth quarter of the college football game against the Troy Trojans at Camp Randall Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Badgers defeated the Trojans 28-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One of the most consistent pieces of Wisconsin’s passing attack, such as it is, will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.

A UW official confirmed to that Austin Traylor sustained a right-arm injury in Saturday’s loss to Iowa.  As a result, the tight end will be sidelined for the rather broad period of 4-8 weeks.

At best, Traylor could return for the Nov. 7 game against Maryland after missing contests with Nebraska, Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers.  At worst, he’d miss the remainder of the regular season, but could return for a bowl game, and perhaps the Big Ten championship game if the Badgers were to earn another berth.

Because he’s already played in five games this season, Traylor would not be eligible for a medical hardship waiver if he were to miss the remainder of the year.

Traylor is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns with three while his 15.6 yards per reception is tops on the team.  He’s third in receiving yards with 156 and tied for fourth with 10 receptions.

Dalvin Cook returns to practice for FSU

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls in the second half at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated South Florida 34-14 as Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With each passing day, it appears Miami won’t be able to avoid one of the most talented and productive running backs in the country.

Thursday, Dalvin Cook returned to practice for the first time this week.  Cook suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Florida State’s win over Wake Forest this past Saturday, and had spent the previous two days of practice riding a bicycle while the rest of his teammates prepped for the in-state and conference rivalry game against The U this Saturday.

The Palm Beach Post wrote that Cook showed “no signs” of the hamstring injury that had some worried about his availability in Week 6.

Head coach Jimbo Fisher, who said Wednesday he doesn’t “ever count Dalvin out” because of his healing ability, will meet with reporters later this evening and could address Cook’s status for the weekend then.  Or, he could play to keep the Hurricanes guessing, even as most assume the All-ACC back will be on the field.

Cook is far and away FSU’s leading rusher, with his 142.5 yards per game good for eight in the country and his six rushing touchdowns tied for 20th.