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2015 Schedule
0-0, 1st in Big Ten - East
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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)
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How to bet on college football this year

ESPN Chalk's Will Harris has Michigan State as the best value pick to win the college football playoff. Ultimate betting guide (Insider)

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Championship Drive: Who's Second Best?

Zubin Mehenti, Heather Dinich and Ryan McGee discuss the non-announcement announcement by Jim Harbaugh and debate who the country's second best team and conference are.

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Big Ten players: Perception is changing (2:21)
4hMatt Hinton

Grantland: Weak Links: Flaws That Could Doom College Football’s Top Contenders

The 2015 college football season kicks off in a little more than 24 hours, marking the end of summer’s boundless sunny prognostications and the arrival of autumn’s cold, hard truths. Of 128 FBS teams, only eight will open the season ranked in the top 10 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and listed with odds of 25-1 or better to win the second edition of the playoff, according to Vegas Insider. From the back of the pack to the front, here’s why each of the front-runners could ultimately fail.

Cook-ing on high

Michigan State's QB is expected to be one of the nation's best this season, according to Athlon Sports. How does he stack up to other FBS starters?

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Spartans' Cook upset with lack of captaincy (1:48)
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23hDan Murphy

Spartans' Cook on not being captain: 'It stinks'

Michigan State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Connor Cook said he was disappointed his teammates didn't vote him among the team's three captains this season.

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Cook disappointed to not be team captain

Michigan State QB Connor Cook may be the leader of the Spartans' offense and a potential Heisman candidate, but that wasn't enough to earn him a vote as a team captain. Instead, he'll remain on the team's 12-man leadership council.

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1dBrian Bennett

Five bold Big Ten predictions

It's time to really go out on a limb and offer five bold predictions for the season ahead in the Big Ten.

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Dantonio's cell goes off during presser

Who called Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio that made him sheepishly crack a smile?

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Vegas experts: Michigan State Spartans season preview

Phil Steele, "Stanford Steve" Coughlin and Chris Fallica give their take on the Michigan State Spartans. What is the best bet for their title odds, season win total and more?

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Dantonio's cellphone goes off during news conference (0:20)
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Dantonio reiterates why he chose Michigan State (1:37)

David Drew @Drew_on_WMU

Fleck says Connor Cook can be like Tom Brady: Can make receivers around him a lot better b/c he is an elite QB

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