Jamie Samuelsen, Special to Detroit Free Press
Published 12:18 a.m. ET Nov. 14, 2017
Chris Solari, Shawn Windsor and Graham Couch break down MSU’s 48-Three loss at Ohio State on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the “Jamie and Stoney” present at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions don’t essentially mirror these of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can attain him at [email protected] and observe him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen.
Does Michigan State’s blowout loss at Ohio State spoil the wins over Iowa, Michigan and Penn State or was it only a unhealthy day on the workplace?
Michigan State entered the second weekend in November with a legit likelihood to win the Big Ten and an out of doors likelihood to make the College Football Playoff. Based on the place they have been final season and what the forecast was for this season, that could be a success, irrespective of the way you slice it. Mark Dantonio, his employees and his gamers ought to be happy with what they’ve completed this season and nonetheless have an opportunity to complete robust and head someplace heat for a bowl sport.
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Saturday’s loss to Ohio State was brutal. It was the worst lack of Dantonio’s profession and was over earlier than many followers had an opportunity to plop down on their couches to look at. It was a stark reminder that Ohio State is manner forward of MSU at this level and that any playoff discuss was foolhardy.
Only Dantonio is aware of what this implies to him and to his group. He’ll tackle that within the days to come back. But the response amongst Spartan followers that I do know has been curious. Some are offended, pissed off, however nonetheless happy general as a result of the Spartans bounced again and have good wins over Penn State, Michigan and Iowa. Others are pissed off as a result of they suppose the Spartans are a top-flight program and losses like Saturday’s ought to be unacceptable. After all, Alabama by no means has a great season simply because they beat Auburn. USC by no means has a great season simply because they beat UCLA.
It’s a easy query – are you a nationwide energy that plans to contend yearly for the
convention title and sometimes make a run at a nationwide title. Or are you a great program which beats it’s rival however sometimes will get outclbaded by superior competitors?
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Because you’ll be able to’t be each. There aren’t any awards or accolades for “bouncing back” or “competing hard” or pulling off an upset or two. The finest groups don’t get outclbaded as badly because the Spartans have been on Saturday.
Last season was a painful reminder of simply how tough it’s to compete on this sport yearly. Unless you’re a soccer manufacturing facility like Alabama or Ohio State with elite coaches at the helm and five-stars falling off the recruiting timber, there are going to be some bumps alongside the best way. Ask Notre Dame, which completed Four-Eight final season, or Florida State, which is going by a nightmarish 2017 at Three-6 after beginning the season ranked third within the nation.
Michigan State has taken a step again into the limelight with their success this season, however the Ohio State sport is a harsh reminder of how far they fell and the way excessive they
nonetheless must climb.
Sometimes blowouts occur – simply ask the Buckeyes after what they went by two
Saturdays in the past in Iowa. Their response was swift and targeted and offended and the Spartans felt the brunt of it. Why? Because losses like that aren’t acceptable at Ohio State. No Buckeye fan mentioned, “Hey a minimum of we beat Penn State and we nonetheless have an opportunity to beat Michigan, so all in all, this was a strong season.” Their aim annually is to win the convention championship and compete for the title.
Dantonio set that as Michigan State’s expectations previous to final 12 months’s collapse. It’s nice that MSU has rebounded from the depths of a Three-9. But now they should get again to the place they was once. Or they run the danger of turning into a faculty like Northwestern or Iowa. A faculty that wins a whole lot of video games, takes some unhealthy losses and is content material to play in Tampa or Orlando on New Year’s Day. When you lose such as you did on Saturday, ideas of Pasadena seem to be a good distance away.
Again, I’m certain Dantonio is feeling all of those similar feelings. He isn’t the form of coach
who accepts ethical victories or steps in the fitting course. He set the usual at MSU and that customary obtained knocked down a couple of pegs over the previous two years. All he has to do is look throughout Shaw Lane to the Breslin Center to see how a real nationwide energy handles issues.
Tom Izzo is pretty much as good because it will get in school basketball. The drawback with that’s that nothing
lower than a Final Four satisfies the critics and this season is just about nationwide championship or bust.
Beating rivals is good and is a part of the aim each season. The nice groups at all times attempt for extra. MSU strove for extra after beating its rival. Now it has to make
certain sport like Saturday by no means occurs once more. It shouldn’t occur if you’re one of the highest packages within the nation – someplace the Spartans have been earlier than and hope to sometime be once more.