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And just like that, the season is over. What a season it was!

  • 11 wins, the most ever for MSU
  • A Big Ten Championship, the first since 1990
  • #8 BCS / #7 AP and USA Today ranking after the regular season
  • Beat Michigan for the third year running which MSU hasn’t done since ’65-’66-’67
  • Beat Penn State in Happy Valley for the first time since ’65
  • Beat Notre Dame on an amazing OT fake field goal
  • Beat Wisconsin handily, their only loss on the year
  • Became a team that finishes strong with big come-from-behind wins against Northwestern and Purdue

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The AP and USA Today put MSU at #10, but the sages at the BCS take them down a notch to #11. I guess beating a 1-9 Minnesota doesn’t impress the computers all that much.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten…

  • Wisconsin moves up from #9 to #7, and is currently the highest ranked Big Ten team.
  • Almost-Big Ten Nebraska slips from #7 to #8.
  • Ohio State moves up from #11 to #9.
  • Iowa moves up from #16 to #13.

Not too bad for the Big Ten with two teams in the Top Ten and four teams in the Top 25.

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Edwin Baker celebrates MSU’s win over Minnesota, and deservedly so.

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MSU played like champions. Michigan didn’t. And the Paul Bunyan Trophy continues to be an East Lansing resident for the third year running.

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Going back 140 years (through the 2009/2010 season), and using the NCAA as the source, here are the top 10 schools and the percentage of winning games:

1. Michigan  73.663%

2. Notre Dame  73.396%

3. Texas  72.032%

4. Ohio State  71.653%

5. Oklahoma  71.534%

6. Alabama  70.678%

7. Southern Cal  70.599%

8. Nebraska  70.116%

9. Tennessee  69.247%

10. Penn State  69.103%

Three of the top 10 are Big Ten schools. I like that. Add Nebraska in 2011 and we’ve got four of the top 10.

Ohio State moved form #5 to #4, overtaking Oklahoma.

If you want to see the big list, click here.

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I think it is a first in my lifetime.

Looking only at Football and Basketball (the sports I really care about), the Spartans last loss to the Wolverines November 3, 2007.  That is back-to-back Football wins AND back-to-back-to-back-to-back Basketball wins.

Now that I pause and think about it, that is awesome.

Way to go Spartans!  Keep up the good work.  Sparty on!

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What a crazy season it has been.  MSU is 1-3 at the end of week four, and  now at week ten: 5-5.  For the fourth time, back to even.

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Well, the Michigan State Spartan football team is back to even.  The losses to Central Michigan and Notre Dame were awful.  Both could have been avoided, but that’s football.  And injuries are starting to become an issue with Winston out for the season and Nichol questionable.

There are some things to feel pretty good about though…

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I’m a Spartan, but I grew up in the Bo Schembechler era when the University of Michigan was going to Rose Bowls about every other year (not winning too many of them though), and everyone in the state seemed to be a Michigan fan.  I guess that always bugged me.  Why?  Because Michigan fans are so damn cocky.  Arrogant.  Entitled.  And there is just so many of them, it’s like the plague.  And did you ever notice that the really obnoxious Michigan fans didn’t actually go to the school? 

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Did you go to college on the East Coast? No? Did you know the phenomenon that was the a capella group? No? Not familiar…Take a look…

Depending on your level of punny-ness this could equally be called “The Best A Capella Group Names” or simultaneously, “The Worst A Capella Group Names.”

  • University of Pennsylvania – The Penny Loafers
  • University of North Carolina – Clef Hangers
  • Michigan State University’s all male – Accafellas
  • Brandeis University (assumingly all male) – Voicemale
  • Johns Hopkins – Mental Notes
  • Penn – Chord on Blue
  • Duke – DejaBlue
  • Cornell and Oberlin both have – Nothing But Treble
  • University of Connecticut – Chordials
  • MIT – Chorallaries
  • UC Berkeley – DaCadence
  • CalTech – Fluid Dynamics
  • University of Michigan – Compulsive Lyres
  • Cornell – Key Elements
  • York University – Wibijazz’n
  • UC Berkeley – Artists in Resonance
  • Emory University -Aural Pleasure

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I live in Texas, and they love them some football down here.  But you know what? I grew up in Michigan, and we sure-as-shit love some football too! We’re the Big Ten, we don’t mess about when it comes to the gridiron.  So I ask you, which team has the best all-time winning record?  Basically, you could argue that the winningest program is the best college program of all time – the number one winner when it comes to football?

I asked some folks I work with, and the answers were pretty consistent:

· Texas

· Oklahoma

· USC

· Florida State

· Alabama

· UCLA

· Florida

· Miami (Florida, not Ohio)

These are all great football schools, no doubt.  Very funny to me, not a single Big Ten school listed.  Should I be upset?  No, I’m sure folks in the Midwest would have all 11 Big Ten schools on the list.  (Well, not Northwestern).

So, not to leaving you hanging, here is the definitive list.  Going back 140 years (through 2009), and using the NCAA as the source, here are the top 10 schools and the percentage of winning games:

1. Michigan  73.982%

2. Notre Dame  73.639%

3. Texas  71.785%

4. Oklahoma  71.648%

5. Ohio State  71.508%

6. Alabama  70.855%

7. Southern Cal  70.614%

8. Nebraska  70.101%

9. Tennessee  69.420%

10. Penn State  68.934%

Three of the top 10 are Big Ten schools.  I like that.

The University of Michigan is number one.  I hate that.

I’m a Michigan State University grad, and always hated Michigan football growing up.  For the record, my MSU Spartans came in 31 at 58.993%.

If you want to see the big list, click here.

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