No. 11 Spartans Head to Central Michigan For First Time in School History
FIRST-AND-10 (what you need to know about the MSU-Central Michigan matchup) -
In August 2009, Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis outlined plans for a "Celebrate the State" football series, featuring 12 games over 10 seasons (2011-2020) against Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan that includes the Spartans making one road trip each to Mount Pleasant, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Michigan State will play four games each against the Chippewas, Eagles and Broncos during the 10-year period.
Michigan State has compiled a 40-7-2 record (.837) against current members of the Mid-American Conference (2-0 vs. Akron, 2-0 vs. Bowling Green, 5-3 vs. Central Michigan, 8-0 vs. Eastern Michigan, 1-0 vs. Kent State, 3-1 vs. Miami-Ohio, 1-0 vs. Ohio, 7-1-2 vs. Temple, 1-0 vs. Toledo and 10-2 vs. Western Michigan). With its 29-27 victory in Spartan Stadium in 2009, Central Michigan ended MSU's 15-game winning streak against MAC opponents. Overall, the Spartans have won 25 out of the last 28 meetings vs. MAC teams.
Third-year Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos was a four-year letterman (1987-90) and two-year starter (1989-90) at quarterback at Michigan State. Enos compiled a 16-7-1 record (.688) as a two-year starter for Coach George Perles, including back-to-back bowl victories (defeated Hawaii, 33-13, in the 1989 Aloha Bowl and USC, 17-16, in the 1990 John Hancock Bowl). As a senior, he threw for 1,677 yards and four TDs while helping the Spartans earn a share of the 1990 Big Ten championship. Enos spent four years as an assistant coach at Michigan State, including one season under John L. Smith (quarterbacks coach, 2006) and three under Mark Dantonio (running backs coach, 2007-09). He also previously served as the quarterbacks coach under Dantonio at Cincinnati from 2004-05.
Michigan State has compiled a 41-16 record (.719) in games played against non-conference opponents since 1999. Mark Dantonio is 18-8 (.692) against non-conference opponents, including a 15-1 record in Spartan Stadium. Overall, the Spartans have won 24 of their last 33 non-league games (.727).
Junior running back Le'Veon Bell has collected several weekly honors after his career night helped lead Michigan State past No. 24 Boise State, 17-13, in last Friday's season-opening win. On Monday, Bell was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the conference office and also the Big Ten Player of the Week by ESPN.com. In addition, he was named the Heisman Player of the Week by CBSSports.com. Bell set career highs for rushing attempts (44), rushing yards (210), receptions (6), receiving yards (55) and all-purpose yards (265) against the Broncos. He outgained the entire Boise State offense, 210-206, and 84 of his 210 yards came after contact. In addition, Bell's 265 all-purpose yards rank as the 10th-highest single-game total in Spartan history, and his 44 carries tied for fourth most in school history.
Bell ranks first in the Big Ten and fourth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing (210.0 ypg.) and first in the FBS carries (44).
Bell's 210 rushing yards tied for the 23rd-highest single-game total in school history, and he became the first Spartan running back to eclipse the 200-yard mark since Javon Ringer gained 201 yards on 39 rushes against Notre Dame in 2008. The 210 rushing yards were also the most by a Big Ten running back in a season opener since Purdue's Ralph Bolden in 2009 (234 vs. Toledo) and the most by a Spartan in an opener since T.J. Duckett in 2000 (219 vs. Marshall).
Michigan State moved up two spots this week to No. 11 in both The Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches Polls. In addition, the Spartans have been ranked in the USA TODAY Poll for a school-record 31 consecutive weeks, dating back to the 2010 season.
Under Mark Dantonio, Michigan State has produced a 30-6 record (.833) in home games, including its current 15-game winning streak, which is the fifth-longest in school history and its longest home streak since winning 19 straight from 1950-53 (teams coached by Clarence "Biggie" Munn). The 15-game home winning streak is also the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the NCAA FBS (LSU - 18; Wisconsin - 17; Northern Illinois/MSU - 15). For the second straight year, Michigan State posted a 7-0 record at home in 2011, marking the first consecutive perfect home seasons since 1955-56. The Spartans have gone undefeated at home 18 times (including ties in 1966, 1940, 1933, 1930) since the stadium opened in 1923. Prior to the 2012 season, the Sporting News named Spartan Stadium No. 3 on its "Five Toughest Places to Play Right Now" list.
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NOTES FROM THE BOISE STATE GAME -
Michigan State held Boise State to 37 rushing yards and 206 yards of total offense, both lows in the Chris Petersen era.
The Spartans have won six of their last 10 games played against AP Top 25 teams (2010-12).
As a team, Michigan State rushed 52 times for 213 yards against Boise State. The Spartans recorded only one 200-yard rushing game during the entire 2011 season (39 rushing attempts for 213 yards vs. Michigan).
In its 116-year football history, Michigan State is 77-36-3 (.677) in season openers, including a 12-2 record (.857) in its last 14 games.
Mark Dantonio has compiled a 7-2 career record (.778) in season openers, including a 5-1 mark (.833) in season-opening games at MSU.
In its 116-year football history, Michigan State is 95-21 (.819) in home openers, including a 14-game winning streak that began in 1999. The Spartans have won 16 of their last 17 home openers.
Michigan State is 8-4 (.667) in prime-time TV appearances in Spartan Stadium. Mark Dantonio is 5-1 (.833) in night games played in Spartan Stadium.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS -
MSU is coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons for the first time in program history. The 22 wins in 2010 and 2011 were the highest two-year total in school history and ranked tied for seventh most among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams during that same period.
Michigan State's 23 wins since 2010 are tied seventh most among NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision teams (Alabama, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin also have 23 wins since the beginning of the 2010 season).
Over the last four years, Michigan State has won more Big Ten games (24) than any other conference team. (Note: Ohio State also won 24 games, but had to vacate seven victories following the 2010 season.)
Over the last two seasons, Michigan State is 10-1 in games decided by 10 points or less, including 4-1 in 2011. The only loss came in a 42-39 defeat against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Michigan State was ranked No. 13 in both The Associated Press and USA TODAY Preseason Polls. It marked MSU's highest preseason ranking in the AP Poll since 1979 (No. 10), and its highest-ever preseason rating in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, which began administering the poll in 1991.
Michigan State returns four starters to its offensive line (senior right guard Chris McDonald, senior right tackle Fou Fonoti, junior left tackle Dan France, sophomore center Travis Jackson). In addition, junior Blake Treadwell (center) and sophomore Skyler Burkland (right tackle) each started the first three games of 2011 before suffering season-ending knee injuries at Notre Dame. Michigan State had four different starting combinations in 14 games on the offensive line last season, including three different starting centers (Treadwell, Jackson, Ethan Ruhland).
Dantonio recorded 44 wins from 2007-11, the most by as Spartan head coach in his first five seasons ("Biggie" Munn ranks second, with 36 wins from 1947-1951).
Dantonio is the first head coach in MSU history to win at least nine games three times in his first five seasons (9 wins in 2008; back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2010 and 2011).
Dantonio has won at least nine games in a season three times (9 in 2008, 11 in 2010, 11 in 2011), tying him with the most seasons of at least nine wins of any coach in MSU history ("Biggie" Munn, 1951, 1952, 1953; Duffy Daugherty, 1955, 1965, 1966).
A trademark of Dantonio's Michigan State teams has been their ability to produce wins late in the regular season. Under Dantonio, Michigan State has compiled a 13-3 record (.813) in November. His teams have won seven-straight games in November (3-0 in 2010 and 4-0 in 2011). In the four seasons (2003-06) prior to Dantonio's arrival, Michigan State went just 2-11 (.154) in November.
From his first day on the job, Dantonio has pledged to support student-athletes as they pursue excellence, both in the classroom and on the playing field. In his first five seasons, nearly 80 percent (72 of 91) of his Michigan State players who have completed their eligibility have earned their undergraduate degrees. In addition, 56 Spartans have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including two Academic All-Americans (2009: Blair White, first team; 2011: Mike Sadler, second team).
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MSU/CENTRAL MICHIGAN COACHING CONNECTIONS -
Dan Enos spent four years as an assistant coach at Michigan State, including one season under John L. Smith (quarterbacks coach, 2006) and three under Mark Dantonio (running backs coach, 2007-09). Enos previously served as the quarterbacks coach under Dantonio at Cincinnati from 2004-05.
Central Michigan quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Morris Watts spent three different stints and a total of 12 seasons as Michigan State's offensive coordinator. Watts served in that capacity for eight seasons under George Perles (1986-90 and 1992-94), one under Nick Saban (1999) and three more under Bobby Williams (2000-02).
Central Michigan offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Mike Cummings served as Michigan State's tight ends and special teams coach under Nick Saban during the 1998 season.
Central Michigan assistant head coach, special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Kyle Nystrom began his coaching career as a student assistant at Michigan State under George Perles in 1983.
Central Michigan running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Kort Shankweiler spent two years as a graduate assistant at Michigan State (2008-09) under Mark Dantonio.
Central Michigan director of football operations Plas Presnell graduated from Michigan State in 1973.
MSU/CMU CONNECTIONS, PART 2 -
Central Michigan Athletics Director Dave Heeke was raised in East Lansing and graduated from East Lansing High School in 1981. Heeke began his professional career as an assistant athletic events coordinator at Michigan State in 1987.
Sixth-year Michigan State head women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant was a four-year starter (1987-91) and three-year captain at Central Michigan. Merchant still holds CMU career (463) and single-season (156) records for assists. Merchant's husband, Gary Rakan, played football at Central Michigan and was a three-year letterwinner from 1990-92.
Sixth-year Central Michigan head women's basketball coach Sue Guevara previously spent 10 years as an assistant coach at Michigan State (1987-96) under Karen Langeland.
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