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Michigan State football headed to Redbox Bowl

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For the second consecutive bowl game, the Michigan State football team will be headed west to California. The Spartans will be playing in the Redbox Bowl on New Year’s Eve against the Oregon Ducks.

The Redbox Bowl will be held in Santa Clara, California at Levi Stadium and played at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT on Monday, December 31st. Ryan Oppelt, executive director of the Redbox Bowl, released the following statement about the two teams:

“The Redbox Bowl is thrilled to welcome two storied college football brands with shared history like Oregon and Michigan State to play in front of a primetime national audience at Levi’s Stadium. The Ducks and Spartans have large alumni contingents in the Bay Area so we couldn’t ask for a better way to kick off an incredible week of post-season football in the Bay Area that will culminate with the CFP National Championship on January 7th.”

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The Michigan State football team finished the season with a 7-5 overall record and a 5-4 record in Big Ten play, finishing fourth in the East Division. While the Spartans defense is one of the best in the country, ranked No. 14 in total defense according to NCAA.com, their offense has been one of the worst.

The Ducks are 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12 North, finishing fourth in the division. Quarterback Justin Herbert has 2,985 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season according to ESPN. The 6-foot-6, 233-pound junior was ranked by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. as the eighth overall prospect in his 2019 NFL Draft Big Board.

The matchup between Herbert and the Spartan defense should be fun to watch, but it’s likely that Michigan State’s offense will continue to struggle against the Duck’s defense.

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This will be Michigan State football’s 11th bowl game under head coach Mark Dantonio, the most bowl games of any coach in the program’s history. It will be MSU’s 28th all-time appearance in a bowl game. The Spartans are 12-15 all-time in bowl games and 5-5 under Dantonio. Dantonio’s five bowl wins, including last year’s Holiday Bowl against No. 18 Washington State, are also a school record.

This will be the first meeting between the Spartans and the Ducks since 2015. MSU defeated Oregon 31 to 28 in a thrilling game at Spartan Stadium. Both teams were ranked in the top 10; Michigan State was ranked No. 5 and Oregon was ranked No. 7. You can check out the highlight clip below courtesy of the Big Ten Network:

The two programs have met a total of six times previously, with the series tied at three games each. This will be the first time Michigan State and Oregon have played each other in a bowl game.

In August of this year, the teams announced that they would meet in a home-and-home series set for 2029 and 2030.

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BREAKING: Former Michigan State receiver arrested for domestic battery

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According to reports, former Michigan State wide receiver Hunter Rison has been arrested for domestic battery.

From: The Mercury

Kansas State wide receiver Hunter Rison is indefinitely suspended following his arrest Friday afternoon on a domestic battery charge.

The Riley County Police Department police arrested Rison at 1:56 p.m. in the 2200 block of College Avenue. He was charged with one count of domestic battery/knowing or reckless bodily to family/person in dating relationship. Rison is free on $1,000 bond.

First-year K-State head football coach Chris Klieman announced Rison’s suspension Saturday morning.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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BREAKING: Nick Ward makes decision between Michigan State and NBA

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Michigan State forward Nick Ward has made his decision between the Spartans and the NBA.

Ward took to Instagram on Saturday to announce he has decided to declare for the NBA Draft and that he has hired an agent.

First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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First off I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity. These last 3 seasons at Michigan State have been incredible for me. I have been able to become not only a better basketball player but also a better man. I want to thank Coach Izzo and the entire coaching staff for believing in me and pushing me to be better everyday. I want to thank all the fans for the love and support and I also want to thank my teammates for helping me each and everyday. After consulting with the coaching Staff and my family I have decided to take the next step to pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I have also hired an agent. Thank Spartan nation for everything. I will forever be a spartan! #GoGreen

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With new NCAA rules, Ward could still return to Michigan State, but most seem to think he has played his final game in a Spartans’ uniform.

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