Michigan State football could soon be in the market for a new head coach. Which candidates should we keep an eye on?
Sunday, Sept. 10, will likely go down as the most bizarre 24 hours in the history of Michigan State football. Most fans went to bed on Saturday thinking about the current roster and their chances of beating Washington. When they woke up, football was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.
But as the dust continues to settle, one thing is abundantly clear: Mel Tucker will (most likely) not be Michigan State’s football coach in 2024.
It’s natural to think about what might come next. For Michigan State football, its greatest asset in this search will be time. As we watch the rest of the 2023 season play out, here are 10 names to keep an eye on as potential fits for the Spartans’ next head coach.
1. Harlon Barnett – MSU secondary coach, interim head coach
Harlon Barnett was named MSU’s interim head coach on Sunday. He’s been on staff at Michigan State for 15 seasons after an All-American career as a player at the school. In 2015, after Pat Narduzzi left for the head coaching job in Pittsburgh, Barnett was promoted to co-defensive coordinator. He was named associate head coach in 2017 before leaving for Florida State in 2018. He returned to MSU in 2020 and has been the secondary coach since.
Despite the circumstances, Barnett will have an extended run to show what he’s capable of as a head coach. Barnett has the opportunity to – quite literally – win this job on his own.
Assuming things go well this season, he will undoubtedly have the support from the locker room and perhaps more importantly, Mark Dantonio. As MSU leans on Dantonio to try and salvage this season, it’s safe to assume his input will be taken into consideration with this next hire. People in the media and within the program have spoken very highly of Barnett as a coach and a man. That last part feels more important now than ever.
Barnett has worked exclusively on defense during his time as a coach. He’ll have to prove that he has a plan for the other side of the ball. But, if he takes MSU on an unexpected run to win eight or nine games, this job will be is.
2. Jonathan Smith – Oregon State head coach
It’s been a slow and steady rebuild at Oregon State for 44-year-old Jonathan Smith. The Beavers have shown steady improvement since Smith was hired in 2018. After winning just two games that season, Oregon State won 10 games last year for just the third time in program history.
Prior to Oregon State, Smith spent time as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Washington under Chris Petersen. Smith holds just a 27-31 record as a head coach. But Oregon State has been regarded as one of the most difficult jobs in the Power Five due to its location, standing within the conference, and resources.
The obvious concern with Jonathan Smith is that he has no ties to Michigan State or the Big Ten. He also played for Oregon State. His entire coaching career has been spent on the West Coast. But with conference realignment leaving Oregon State out in the cold, he may see a hard ceiling on how far he can take the Beavers. As a former quarterback, he should be able to bring fresh offensive concepts to East Lansing. He’s plenty familiar with the challenge of doing more with less – something that will be key as Michigan State enters the new Big Ten.
If he’s at all interested, Michigan State should roll out the red carpet for this rising star.
3. Tom Herman – Florida Atlantic head coach
This is a name that most people are familiar with that will probably draw a lot of eye rolls. It shouldn’t. The fact that it didn’t work out at Texas doesn’t make Tom Herman a bad coach. It all depends on your definition of success. Herman wasn’t bad in Texas. People within that administration just have sky-high expectations. He never posted a losing season while compiling a 32-18 record. His peak at Texas was a 10-win season that culminated with a victory in the Sugar Bowl against Kirby Smart and Georgia.
Prior to his hiring in 2017, he was the hottest name in college football after going 22-4 at Houston. Herman has experience within the Big Ten as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator during their national championship run in 2014.
At just 48 years old, Herman has a wealth of experience at multiple levels of the game, with extensive experience as the head man. He clearly has a desire to climb the mountain again, as he accepted a job with Florida Atlantic in December of 2022. If the Owls put together a strong year, MSU could benefit from the second wind of Herman’s career.
4. Mike Elko – Duke head coach
If things keep going this well for Mike Elko, Michigan State football may find itself in a bidding war for his services. There were almost no expectations for a Blue Devils program that fell off a cliff in the final years under David Cutcliffe. In his first year, Elko led Duke to a 9-4 record. This year, the Blue Devils are 2-0 with a shocking upset of Clemson already on their resume.
Elko is a defensive guru, with impressive tenures at Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and Texas A&M in his past. It’s no coincidence that the Texas A&M defense has regressed significantly since his departure to Durham. For example, the Aggies held Miami to nine points a year ago. This past Saturday, the Hurricanes hung 48.
Elko, 46, is an East Coast guy with no connection to Michigan State or the Big Ten. His only experience as a head coach is his short tenure at Duke. He’s also a rising name that will be on a short list for any program in need of a coach. He’ll likely have his choice between offers. Is MSU more attractive than an ACC or SEC school?
5. Clay Helton – Georgia Southern head coach
More eye rolls (probably) but hear me out. Clay Helton is currently at Georgia Southern after parts of eight seasons at USC that saw him go 46-24. Similar to Herman at Texas, that isn’t going to cut it at a place like USC. At Georgia Southern though, things have gone fairly well for Clay Helton so far. The Eagles shattered expectations last year by making a bowl and are off to a 2-0 start this season.
The best trait that Helton brings to the table is Clay Helton, the person. It’s what made it so difficult for USC to fire him. They loved him as a person. They loved the positive impact he was having on the program outside of football. He’s much more of a “CEO” type head coach than an Xs and Os tactician. But that shouldn’t be a negative. Plenty of schools have found success with that model.
He’s still just 51 years old and feels primed for another big opportunity. At Michigan State, a little bit removed from the spotlight, he might find a home. His character will win people over. Can it translate to wins on the field? That’s the biggest question.
6. Matt Campbell – Iowa State head coach
Three years ago, Matt Campbell was not just the hottest name in college football. He might have been the hottest name in all of football. He was getting interest from top college programs and even the NFL. He turned it all down to stay at Iowa State. Since that time, his stock has dropped dramatically as the Cyclones haven’t been able to sustain their success.
Iowa State is a very difficult job. Campbell hasn’t quite taken Iowa State to an elite level. But their ability to compete with the top programs in the Big 12 is impressive. Given their recent struggles, it’s possible Campbell may reconsider his stance on the potential at Iowa State. A recent string of gambling suspensions within the program figures to make this season especially difficult. If he’s interested, he’s an ideal candidate for Michigan State football.
Campbell’s a Midwest guy with ties to Ohio. He’s only 43 years old. He’s done a tremendous job of turning two and three-star players into NFL talents.
Keep an eye on Iowa State this year. If things continue to go south, a parting of the ways may be best for both sides. If that’s the case, MSU could be interested.
7. Chris Klieman – Kansas State head coach
In the past few years, there may not have been a better fit in college football than Chris Klieman at Kansas State. The Wildcats won the Big 12 last season while defeating national runner-up TCU. After spending five seasons as the head coach at North Dakota State, Klieman made the jump to the FBS level and has won at least eight games in three of his first four seasons. He’s done it with a strong defense and a powerful, physical running game.
As far as Michigan State is concerned, there are two concerns.
One is his age. At 55, he may not be ready for a new challenge at this point in his career. The second is convincing him to leave Kansas State. What he has going there right now is working and at this rate, he should be able to coach as long as he wants. He’s reached a point of comfort and security with his job that coaches dream of. While Michigan State is a more attractive job, the elevated expectations, stiffer competition, and added pressure of starting over may not interest him. But if Kansas State keeps winning, people will notice. There will be interest. The money and possibility of adding to his resume may be too much to resist.
8. Justin Wilcox – California head coach
Who? Well, if you’re not a diehard college football fan, you’re probably not too familiar with Justin Wilcox. He’s been the head coach at Cal since 2017. With just a 31-36 record at Cal, it hasn’t been a memorable tenure. But similar to a lot of other jobs on this list, Cal is an extremely difficult place to win. There may not be a program in the Power Five that is less committed to football than Cal. The administration places a heavy emphasis on academics first. This creates a small alumni base in a region of the country that has shown itself to have other interests besides college football.
But Wilcox comes from a football family and is regarded as one of the better defensive minds in the game. This would not be a splashy hire. It would take some heavy convincing because the resume just isn’t comparable to other names on this list. But at 46, he’s still young. He’s well-traveled as a defensive coordinator with stops at Boise State, Tennessee, Washington, and USC.
This could be an “outside the box” hire if MSU strikes out with their first few choices.
9. Brian Hartline – Ohio State offensive coordinator
Up until now, I’ve focused on current head coaches. I do believe that is a requirement for Michigan State’s next head coach. Running a program like Michigan State is a challenge. It’s too big of a job for someone to learn on the job.
Brian Hartline might be the exception.
As recently as 2017, Hartline was just a graduate assistant. During that time, he has risen within the ranks at Ohio State from receivers coach to passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator. He has played a big role in the development of superstar wide receivers at Ohio State such as Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Marvin Harrison Jr. At this point, there’s nothing to dislike about Hartline.
If he is looking for a head coaching opportunity, Michigan State should jump at the chance. But he’ll be awfully tough to pry away from Ohio State. In fact, if things go south for the Buckeyes this year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see momentum for Hartline to take over for Ryan Day. He’s that highly regarded.
This isn’t a question of potential fit. He’s a Big Ten guy who is an ace recruiter in the state of Ohio. It’s all about what Brian Hartline wants next in his career.
10. David Shaw – Former Stanford head coach
The best part about making these lists is you eventually run out of logical candidates and get to throw out a wild one. This fits the bill for completely wild, highly unlikely, but not impossible.
David Shaw stepped down at Stanford at the end of last season after going 3-9 in back to back seasons. It was a shocking end after such a promising beginning. After taking over for Jim Harbaugh in 2011, Shaw won at least 10 games in five of his first six seasons. He had the benefit of starting with a great team after Harbaugh left for the NFL. But it became apparent very quickly that Shaw was a tremendous coach. His teams won with discipline, defense, and toughness. He turned down multiple NFL offers to stay at Stanford throughout his tenure in Northern California.
Oddly enough, the biggest red flag when it comes to hiring him at Michigan State might be his ability to win games. Stanford finished below .500 in three of his last four seasons, and looked like a shell of the program it used to be. The academic prestige of Stanford made them a non-player in the transfer portal and the product on the field reflected that. Still, Shaw is just 51 years old and could be in search of a fresh start after a year off.
By all accounts, he’s a coach with outstanding integrity and character. He’d be an ideal fit. Luring him to Michigan State though, in light of everything that’s gone on, could be a challenge.
Weekly college football viewing guide: What to watch in Week 4
What should you be watching this weekend?
While you can watch Michigan State vs. Maryland, here’s what else is on the intriguing college football slate in Week 4.
If you’ve got plans this weekend, start working on your fake cough and sick voice. This is a weekend of college football that dreams are made of. We have six Top 25 matchups on tap in addition to a number of other interesting games. This is a weekend that requires more than one TV. If that’s not an option, head to the bar. Savor this weekend. This is what we live for.
Here’s how to plan your weekend.
Friday, Sept. 22
- Wisconsin at Purdue – 7 p.m. ET on FS1
A rare Big Ten conference game gets the weekend started in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers haven’t been that impressive this season, but neither has Wisconsin. We keep waiting for Wisconsin’s offense to find a rhythm, but it might be time to consider this being who they are. Wisconsin has beaten Purdue sixteen times in a row. Can they end that drought on Friday?
Saturday, Sept. 23
- Florida State at Clemson – 12 p.m. ET on ABC
- Rutgers at Michigan – 12 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network
- Oklahoma at Cincinnati – 12 p.m. ET on FOX
- Auburn at Texas A&M – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN
The day gets started with a solid slate of games at noon that is headlined by the potential college football game of the year in the ACC. Florida State travels to Clemson as a short road favorite. In their biggest games of the year to date, these teams could not have looked further apart. Florida State looked awesome in their dismantling of LSU while Clemson fumbled their way to an embarrassing 28-7 loss at Duke. It feels far too easy to say that Florida State rolls here. Clemson – despite their deficiencies – is still a proud program with enough talent to win this game.
Michigan faces its toughest test of the season so far at home against an upstart Rutgers team. I’m skeptical that Rutgers can score enough (at all?) to keep this interesting. At the very least, this should give us an idea if Michigan’s struggles in the running game are a legitimate concern or if they’ve been holding things back.
Cincinnati makes its Big 12 debut at home against Oklahoma. The Sooners have looked great so far this year, but this is a tricky spot on the road against the Bearcats who are coming off an embarrassing home loss to Miami (OH).
Keep an eye on this game in College Station. Last year, Auburn celebrated their win against the Aggies like they had won the SEC. Now, the Aggies get them at home with an offense that looks much improved from a year ago.
- Maryland at Michigan State – 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC
- Colorado at Oregon – 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- UCLA at Utah – 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX
- Ole Miss at Alabama – 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS
- BYU at Kansas – 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
The afternoon gets going with Maryland visiting East Lansing in the Big Ten opener for both teams. MSU looked like a dead team walking against Washington. For Maryland, this year presents a real opportunity in the Big Ten East. So far, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State haven’t been as advertised. Don’t rule out the Terps as a spoiler in this conference. We’ll learn what is real and not real about them against Michigan State.
The Deion Sanders show hits the road in Eugene against Oregon. It feels like the world is expecting an Oregon route, but the Buffaloes have done nothing but prove the doubters wrong this season. The injury to Travis Hunter sucks for college football. But with Shedeur Sanders, Colorado always has a chance.
The movement in the point spread would indicate that Cam Rising will be back for Utah. The Utes desperately need him. For UCLA, it looks like they are handing the reins to five-star freshman Dante Moore. That is best for them in the long term. This weekend could present some growing pains. Rice-Eccles Stadium is one of the best home-field advantages in the sport.
Is the Alabama dynasty finished? Is Nick Saban’s protégé Lane Kiffin really going to be the one to put the final nail in the coffin? This is a fascinating matchup in the SEC that should answer those questions. It’s foolish to doubt Nick Saban and Alabama, but something just feels off this year.
Don’t forget about Kansas. The Jayhawks are 3-0 and host BYU in their first game in the Big 12. Kansas remains a long shot to win the league. But the Jayhawks have a dynamic quarterback and a high-powered offense. It’s college football. Crazy things can happen.
- Arkansas at LSU – 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Oregon State at Washington State – 7 p.m. ET on FOX
- Texas at Baylor – 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Ohio State at Notre Dame – 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC
- Iowa at Penn State – 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS
If you’re going out on Saturday night, make sure there are TVs wherever you go. Things get started with LSU hosting Arkansas. It feels like people have sort of written off LSU as a national championship contender after their loss. They are still very much alive. Arkansas has a history of playing the Tigers tough in Baton Rouge.
Out west, we have what could be the most underrated game of the day. Oregon State has looked phenomenal early this season. Washington State came onto the radar after beating Wisconsin. This is a tough test for the Beavers in a stadium that while small, still presents a great home-field advantage.
Texas was the talk of college football after upsetting Alabama in week two. But after seeing Alabama last week, do we have to re-evaluate the Longhorns? This game is being overshadowed by the rest of the great games on Saturday. Baylor has really struggled offensively this year. Everyone will have Texas winning easily. Circle this one.
The best game of the weekend is in South Bend. Ohio State and Notre Dame face off for the second year in a row. Regardless of the outcome, seeing Ohio State’s helmets under the lights in Notre Dame Stadium in a top-10 matchup is just beautiful. We’ll find out if Ohio State’s struggles are overblown or legitimately concerning. Notre Dame has the defense and running game to win.
If you’re somebody who loves defense, turn on CBS. Penn State and Iowa get together in one of my personal favorite Big Ten matchups. This game is even more fun because this will be the “white out” game for Penn State. While the Nittany Lion offense has been sluggish, their defense is elite. You know you’re going to get good defense and special teams from Iowa. Cade McNamara doesn’t look healthy to me, and that’s a problem against this defense. Iowa is on shutout alert.
- USC at Arizona State – 10:30 p.m. ET on FOX
- Cal at Washington – 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
It’s a shame that this glorious day of college football doesn’t give us one appealing matchup in the late-night spot. USC and Washington are heavy favorites against these conference bottom-feeders. Arizona State may be without as many as ten starters with their third-string quarterback going against Caleb Williams. This one could be a bloodbath.
While Washington looked invincible against Michigan State, nobody has been better in this spot than Justin Wilcox. The Bears have shown the ability to make these games ugly with their defense. Can they do enough to hang around and make this worth staying up for? Probably not. But what else are you going to do? Go to bed? Enjoy the day. This one is special.
Michigan State football: 3 fearless predictions vs. Maryland
Let’s hope the Washington loss was an outlier.
Michigan State football will host unbeaten Maryland on Saturday afternoon looking to bounce back from the Washington debacle.
What a disaster this season has been thus far for Michigan State football. While the obvious negative storyline involves Mel Tucker, there’s an underlying issue that hasn’t been talked about enough: injuries. It feels like that’s the theme of the program every single year.
Michigan State has been bitten by the injury bug yet again — and twice as hard.
The ailing Spartans, who could be without over a dozen players on Saturday, will host an undefeated Maryland team trying to improve to 4-0 behind the arm of Taulia Tagovailoa. The Spartans need to get after him early and often — something they couldn’t do against Michael Penix Jr.
This game is important for Michigan State if it wants to have a chance at a bowl berth this season.
To celebrate homecoming weekend, here are three of my most fearless predictions for the crucial game.
1. Nathan Carter rushes for 100 yards again
Through two Michigan State football games, Nathan Carter looked like a superstar. He had back-to-back 100-yard games to open his Spartan career and he looked like the clear top player on offense. But the offensive line has done him no favors.
Need proof? Just look at the Washington game. He had no running lanes and was hit in the backfield a ton which was disappointing to see. The offensive line was supposed to be a strength this year.
I think we’ll see the offense design more runs to mask these issues in the trenches. Carter will have more runs designed to utilize his speed and elusiveness around the edge and I think he’s going to take full advantage with another 100-yard performance. This will mark three 100-yard games in his first four outings as a Spartan.
Carter’s final line with be 20 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown.
2. Jordan Hall records 10 tackles
If you’ve read up on the (few) bright spots from Michigan State’s loss to Washington, you’d know that Jordan Hall was one of them. The freshman linebacker looks like a budding star through three games. In fact, he’s rated as the Big Ten’s 10th-best linebacker this year and the nation’s No. 8 linebacker in terms of pass coverage. Not too shabby for a true freshman.
Hall is going to have a big game on Saturday against Maryland.
While he has just nine total tackles this season, he’s only played a small percentage of defensive snaps. We’re going to see a healthy dose of Hall on Saturday afternoon as he surpasses his season total for tackles in one game. He’ll even finish with two tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.
This could be the start of a special career in East Lansing for Hall.
3. Katin Houser engineers a comeback
Last week was a rough one for Noah Kim. The veteran quarterback struggled mightily against a defense that had been mediocre through the first two weeks of the season against inferior opponents and a lot had to do with the offensive line struggling. I think that continues this week as he will get off to a quick start, but stall out through the end of the first quarter and the second quarter.
After halftime, he’ll take the field as the starter once again, but he’ll turn the ball over on the first drive and then go three-and-out on the second possession. Harlon Barnett will make the call to put Katin Houser in the game.
Down 20-10 in the second quarter, Houser will breathe some new life into the offense, but he, too, will be running for his life thanks to offensive line struggles. Houser will throw a touchdown pass and lead two more scoring drives to put Michigan State up 23-20. I have a feeling Maryland wins this one, but the Houser magic will have us believing again.
Michigan State holds on to win 23-20 and Houser’s solid player opens up the QB1 job again.
Spartan Shadows staff Week 4 college football picks against the spread
Who ya got?
It’s Week 4 in college football and that means it’s time for the weekly Spartan Shadows staff pick ’em. Who are we picking?
Hey, Spartan Shadows fans, Week 3 of college football has come and gone. We had some entertaining games, some surprising upsets, and then some games that just surprisingly upset us (*cough* MSU *cough*). Now that most everyone’s non-conference schedule has wrapped up, it’s time to get into conference play.
This should give us some more entertaining games each week to dive into.
But before we do that, let’s check out the results of the Week 3 college football games.
Week 3 results
Here’s how the picks went last week:
- No. 14 LSU at Mississippi State — Line: LSU -9.5; Result: LSU cover
- No. 15 Kansas State at Missouri — Line: Kansas State -5; Result: Missouri cover
- Minnesota at No. 20 North Carolina — Line: UNC -7.5; Result: North Carolina cover
- Virginia Tech at Rutgers — Line: Rutgers -6.5; Result: Rutgers cover
- South Carolina at No. 1 Georgia — Line: Georgia -27.5; Result: South Carolina cover
- No. 11 Tennessee at Florida — Line: Tennessee -6.5; Result: Florida cover
- Bowling Green at No. 2 Michigan — Line: Michigan -40.5; Result: Bowling Green cover
- Syracuse at Purdue — Line: Syracuse -2.5; Result: Syracuse cover
- Pittsburgh at West Virginia — Line: Pitt -1; Result: West Virginia cover
- No. 8 Washington at Michigan State — Line: Washington -16.5; Result: Washington cover
For the staff picks recap: I first will have no official comment on our MSU game picks.
As far as the rest of the weekend goes, our fearless leader Connor Muldowney had a strong showing, going 7-3 overall. HopMan and MSUrecruits also went strong at 6-4. Myself and Daily hitting the .500 mark is a good sign as well. In the sports betting world, .500 is good. On the other end of the pick train, we had Max going a rough 2-8 after starting the season out hot and then Anthony and Joey going 3-7. Emmett also went 4-6 to close out our picks.
Anthony and I have a little side competition going between us and it looks like the pressure of the Cane’s Box Bet may be getting to him a bit. Look for him to have a strong week this week to make up for it.
Updated standings after Week 3
- HopMan: 18-12
- (Tie) Connor and Emmett: 17-13
- (Tie) MSUrecruits and Max: 16-14
- Chris: 15-15
- Daily: 14-16
- (Tie) Joey and Anthony: 13-17
Week 4 college football games
Disclaimer: All lines are as of 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from the ESPN app and Caesars Sportsbook.
- Wisconsin at Purdue — Friday at 7 p.m. ET on FS1 (Line: Wisconsin -6)
- Rutgers at No. 2 Michigan — Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on BTN (Line: Michigan -24)
- No. 4 Florida State at Clemson — Saturday at 12 p.m. ET on ABC (Line: FSU -2.5)
Hop: Florida State
Emmett: Florida State
MSUrecruits: Florida State
Max: Florida State
Chris: Florida State
Daily: Florida State
Anthony: Florida State
- No. 19 Colorado at No. 10 Oregon — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC (Line: Oregon -21)
- No. 22 UCLA at No. 11 Utah — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX (Line: Utah -4.5)
- No. 15 Ole Miss at No. 13 Alabama — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS (Line: Alabama -7)
Hop: Ole Miss
MSUrecruits: Ole Miss
Max: Ole Miss
Chris: Ole Miss
Joey: Ole Miss
Anthony: Ole Miss
- No. 13 Oregon State at No. 21 Washington State — Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on FOX (Line: Oregon State -3)
Hop: Oregon State
Connor: Washington State
Emmett: Washington State
MSUrecruits: Oregon State
Max: Oregon State
Chris: Washington State
Daily: Washington State
Joey: Washington State
Anthony: Oregon State
- No. 6 Ohio State at No. 9 Notre Dame — Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC (Line: OSU -3)
Hop: Ohio State
Connor: Notre Dame
Emmett: Ohio State
MSUrecruits: Notre Dame
Max: Notre Dame
Chris: Ohio State
Daily: Notre Dame
Joey: Ohio State
Anthony: Notre Dame
- No. 24 Iowa at No. 7 Penn State — Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS (Line: PSU -15)
Connor: Penn State
Max: Penn State
Chris: Penn State
Daily: Penn State
Anthony: Penn State
- Maryland at Michigan State — Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC (Line: Maryland -7.5)
Connor: Michigan State
Chris: Michigan State
Joey: Michigan State
Anthony: Michigan State
There you have it folks. The picks are in. Looks like the staff is heavily favoring Wisconsin and Florida State so you should probably place bets for Purdue and Clemson accordingly. All joking aside, this is an excellent slate of college football games this week so enjoy it, folks.
Also, please try to come out Saturday to Spartan Stadium if you’re in the area. The players still need all the support they can get. Go Green.
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