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Michigan State football: Breaking down the Chopalytics from spring practice

What are the Chopalytics saying now?



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We are going to break down the world-famous Chopalytics from Saturday’s Michigan State football spring “game.”

Gosh, was that not the most beautiful day you could have for a football game in April? In classic Michigan fashion, the weather is set to turn back to cold the following week.

ChopWoman and I were fortunate enough to travel up to EL for the Michigan State football spring game and I’m here to give you the real breakdown you’ve been looking for. What I mean by that, is the most average breakdown ever.

Based on Chop’s eyes, these are the things that stood out (don’t waste your time with formal breakdowns from the experts 😉).

  1. Nate Carter should be renamed as Kenneth Walker the 4th
    1. On every team, there are players that just stand out compared to the rest. Those that just look like a completely different breed. Nate Carter is one of those guys. The photos don’t do him justice. My guy clearly lifts and hits his protein goals. Not only is he a physical specimen, but he is also actually pretty fast and shifty. Between him, Jaren Mangham, Jalen Burger, and an improved offensive line, expect the running game to improve this year.
  2. The offensive line has been fed corn all winter
    1. Coach Kap has done a great job of emulating what Wisconsin football is known for. Instead of eating cheese curds, Kap has clearly had these boys hooked up to a feeding tube. Not only because our linemen look huge, but because of the number of bodies we have at the position. He definitely grew a couple of extra linemen in his backyard to compensate for the lack of depth Michigan State football had last year.
  3. Jordan Hall should have been a 10-star
    1. Obviously his leadership off the field has been huge as a true freshman but not only should he have been a five-star, he should have gotten an extra five for how awesome his mom is. She was right on the 50, repping her MSU custom Nikes (no free ads). Get her on payroll and build the statue now. Honestly, she’d be a great successor to Mel Tucker.
  4. Thicc-ness is a common theme
    1. Two players stood out to me in this facet. One, Jaren Mangham is about two times bigger than I expected him to be. I don’t know why I was imagining a combo of his brother, Jaden, or former Buff turned Spartan, Jerek Broussard. And two, Katin Houser is beefy and looks durable. I won’t lie but he still looks like he is third in line for the starting position but knock on wood when he does start, it’ll be hard to hurt him.

I know there is a lot of talk about the quarterbacks and where the pecking order stands. I don’t put much stock into who ran with the one, twos, and threes. Mel and the coaching staff wouldn’t tip their hand that easily and we have months until the season starts.

Thorne – Mullet
Kim – Arm sleeve
Houser – Thicc-ness (oh, and high recruiting ranking)

No matter who trots out there for the opening drive against CMU, Michigan State football will be in good hands.

Outside of the actual live practice, EL was super lively with all of the things going on around campus. ChopWoman and I got the chance to go on the field and take photos in pads/helmets. We felt like we were on our own little official visit. We are and always will be committed to Michigan State football.

ChopMan, out.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



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The Washington vs. Michigan State football rematch is on Sept. 16, and the Spartans have revenge on their minds.

The game time for the Washington vs. Michigan State football game was just announced and is one I think most Michigan State fans will be happy with. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

This is a great start time for Michigan State fans. That will give fans plenty of time to travel to East Lansing, enjoy a tailgate and get into the stadium. On top of that, the game will get down around 8 p.m. ET which is good for the crowd that does not like to be out late.

However, I think a lot of fans were hoping for a noon start time in this game. A noon start would have been a 9 a.m. local time for Washington, likely giving the Spartans a slight advantage. It’s no surprise seeing this big of a game scheduled in the evening to avoid that.

On top of the game time announcement, where the game will be aired on TV was also announced. This is where the good news ends. The Spartans game against Washington will only be available for streaming on Peacock. That means Spartan fans at home will have to pay to watch this game. However, a simple Google search showed me that Peacock currently only costs $20 for the entire year. A lot of Big Ten football and basketball games will only be available on Peacock this season, so that may not be a bad investment to make right now if you can.

What would a win mean for Michigan State football?

Michigan State will have revenge on its mind in this game. Washington beat the Spartans last season in Seattle 39-28. The game however did not feel that close. Michigan State made a late comeback to make the final score look respectable, but a lot of fans will tell you we never really stood a chance.

Washington will likely be a top 10 heading into this matchup, so Michigan State has a great opportunity in front of it. A win would would help spring the Spartans into the conference season with a lot of positive momentum.

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Jordan Hall hosts second annual free youth football camp (Video)

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



Jordan Hall
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Michigan State freshman linebacker Jordan Hall continues to show just why he’s one of the best out there.

Jordan Hall is already showing signs of being the next great Spartan on and off the field.

The Michigan State freshman linebacker was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. However, he most recently moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play football at IMG Academy.

This past weekend, Hall returned home to Fredericksburg to host his second annual free Jordan Hall Youth Football Camp.

Hall has already been making a name for himself on the field for the Spartans this spring. His play and effort has been praised by fellow players and coaches alike. IMG Academy has a long history of producing high-quality athletes. This makes Hall’s tenure in the program even more noteworthy. He became the first three-time captain in IMG Academy history.

When coaches are recruiting players, they are hoping to find the perfect mix of talent and character. You don’t become a three-time captain of a storied school like IMG Academy without having both.

In a recent interview with Spartan Shadows, Cryeeta Hall said of her son, “One of his favorite things he loves to do is teach the game of football to kids. He loves to coach.”

Michigan State fans are excited to see what Jordan Hall can contribute on the field, but his character off the field so far is creating just as much excitement. When you see a young man with the heart and determination to give back to his hometown, it lets fans know this is the sort of player you can to rally around and support. Mel Tucker has shown intentionality in his recruiting. He has a specific type of player that he’s looking for. Jordan Hall epitomizes a Tucker type of player.

Hall has the potential to earn immediate playing time this year as a true freshman. I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d wager that we’ll see him as a team captain for the green and white sooner than later.

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Mel Tucker is best coach in the Big Ten when it comes to one stat

This may surprise you.



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Mel Tucker is the best coach in the conference when it comes to this one surprising stat.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is one of the best coaches in the Big Ten when it comes to close games.

This may surprise some considering two of Tucker’s three years at Michigan State have resulted in losing seasons. But the data shows that Tucker knows how to come out on top when the game is close.

He has been at Michigan State since 2020. During that three year timeframe he boasts a 10-1 record in games decided by 10 points or less which is the best record in the conference during that span.

Here is a list of all 11 of those games:


  • at Michigan (W 27-24)
  • vs. Northwestern (W 29-20)


  • vs. Nebraska (W 23-20)
  • at Indiana (W 20-15)
  • vs. Michigan (W 37-33)
  • vs. Penn State (W 30-27)
  • vs. Pittsburgh (W 31-21)


  • vs. Wisconsin (W 34-28)
  • at Illinois (W 23-15)
  • vs. Rutgers (W 27-21)
  • vs. Indiana (L 39-31)

How impressive is this really?

A 10-1 record when games are within 10 points is extremely impressive. The only loss on this list is Indiana from last season, a game Michigan State likely should have one. The Spartans ended up losing in overtime to the Hoosiers, but were a chip shot field goal away from winning in regulation. That is a field goal college kickers make almost every time, so Tucker’s one loss on this list could easily have been another win.

Regardless, 10-1 is the best winning percentage in games decided by 10 points or less in the Big Ten during that three-year span.

This is how the rest of the Big Ten teams fared during this same timeframe:

  1. Michigan State: 10-1 (.909)
  2. Maryland: 8-3 (.727)
  3. Iowa: 11-5 (.688)
  4. Indiana: 7-4 (.636)
  5. Purdue: 12-7 (.632)
  6. Ohio State: 3-2 (.600)
  7. Michigan: 6-4 (.600)
  8. Minnesota: 9-7 (.563)
  9. Rutgers: 7-6 (.538)
  10. Wisconsin: 6-7 (.462)
  11. Penn State: 5-7 (.417)
  12. Northwestern: 5-9 (.357)
  13. Illinois: 6-11 (.353)
  14. Nebraska: 5-16 (.238)

What does this tell us about Mel Tucker?

One thing this tells us is the Tuck is a great in game coach in tight situations. No coach goes 10-1 in close games by accident. Sometimes there is a lot of luck involved with winning close games, but that’s not necessarily the case when you win them this efficiently. Anyone can close a game out when you are up by 20, but not everyone can win a close game in the closing seconds.

This statistic is not all good though. Michigan State has won 18 games during the past three seasons. This means that over half of the games Mel Tucker has won at Michigan State have been within 10 points. For a program with extremely high goals, that fact is a little scary.

As I mentioned before, sometimes luck has to be on your side to win these close games. So relying on winning a lot of close games to have a great season is not a recipe for success.

One things for sure though, as long as Mel Tucker is the coach at Michigan State, we stand a very good chance at winning any close game.

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