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Last summer, there was discontent  in the college football landscape as a record number of teams were choosing to head to greener pastures.  The Big Ten added Nebraska, the Pac-10 added Utah and Colorado to get to the Pac-12, the Big East added TCU, the Mountain West added Boise State, and the list goes on.

Now, we are looking at the potential for round two to the madness of last summer as Texas A&M could be heading to the SEC.  In addition, rumors are circulating that Florida State could be headed there also.



8 Kirk Cousins (RS Senior), QB, 6’3″ 205

Cousins is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Michigan State history, and is one of the top senior signal callers in the entire country. Cousins was a third team All Big 10 selection by Phil Steele in 2010, academic All Big 10 for the third straight year, and showed that he is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country. The fourth year junior completed just under 67 percent of his passes for 2,825 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions (three came in Iowa game). Michigan State is a run oriented offense, but Cousins definitely makes the most of every throw. Had a dominant performance (22-of-29) in the MSU Spring game where he threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns, and could be poised for a big season in 2011. Cousins is an accurate quarterback who will have a long NFL career because he is smart and makes great decisions. Not a mobile quarterback by any means, but is a guy who can get outside the pocket and make plays. Gets rid of the ball quickly and excels in play-action. Some people might call him a game manager, but field general is probably more appropriate. Will occasionally throw the ball into traffic when under pressure instead of getting rid of it. Sometimes tries to do too much, and ends up making risky throws or poor overthrows.


For the third time this season Iowa and Michigan State matched up and played another Big Ten basketball game. Except this game was in the first round on the Big Ten tournament and much closer than the first two. In a game where Michigan State made every shot when they needed to they won 66-61. This was a must win game for both Iowa and Michigan State. With only 11 wins on the year, Iowa of course needed to win the Big Ten tournament to get into the big dance. Michigan State on the other hand may have just punched their ticket.

It took a while for this game to get into full swing as both teams came out a tad flat.  Once both teams got rid of the first round gitters, Michigan State ran out to a 7-2 lead over the Hawkeyes.  Iowa wasnt going to lay down for the Spartans, they fought back slowly and tied the game at 24 with 5:18 seconds remaining. At this point Iowa had several opportunities to take the lead for the first time but never could. They either missed free throws or Michigan State hit shots when need be. Iowa tied the game again at 28 and 31 but played from behind the whole half. Michigan State went into the locker room with a 33-31 halftime lead. (more…)

The Michigan State Spartans and the Iowa  Hawkeye’s will match up for the third time this season in the first round of the Big Ten tournament at Conseco Field house  on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm ET.

Michigan State enters the tournament as a seven seed and the Hawkeyes will get the tenth seed. The first time these two teams played was back on February 2nd in Iowa City as the Hawkeyes pulled off the upset and won 72-52.  Iowa contributed to Michigan State’s worst stretch of the season as they lost 5 of 6 at one point. Michigan State opened up a can of payback on the Hawkeyes when they dribbled into Iowa City and beat Iowa by 19, 85-66.

By now if you have been following college basketball you have realized that Michigan State isn’t the team that they were supposed to be. I know it may be hard to believe but the Spartans were actually ranked #2 in the country at one point. Michigan State looked like they could make another run to the final four, until January 18th hit at they lost 8 of their final 13 games.  Tom Izzo will never use this as an excuse but the Spartans are a younger team then they have been in the past. It also doesn’t help that they lost Korie Lucious to a suspension until he later transferred to Iowa State. Lucious may have not been contributing to the team on the floor but it’s safe to say he was causing some distraction. (more…)