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Sport Questions swirl for Michigan St., Dantonio after blowout loss to Penn St.

03:00  27 october  2019
03:00  27 october  2019 Source:   freep.com

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Just last season, Dantonio was losing support at Michigan State. Never mind the fact that he had turned the program around since taking over in 2007. Dantonio watched Urban Meyer go through a similar thing this past week after Ohio State lost its second game of the season.

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Michigan dropped a 42-13 decision to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday Night Football in a game that proved the future should be now for the program. Michigan ’s shot at a Big Ten East title went down in flames with this loss , which is where the Michigan State game really hurts them.

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Michigan State football is just painful to watch.

The Spartans' offense is a powerful sedative – it’s so boring, so devoid of explosive plays, so lacking in creativity that it can put you into a deep sleep.

The Spartans' special teams units were a mess on Saturday against Penn State, fumbling a punt and getting a field goal blocked.

BOX SCORE: NO. 6 PENN STATE 28, MICHIGAN STATE 7

And their defense? It looked overmatched, as the Nittany Lions rolled to a 28-7 victory on a nasty, cold, rainy day at Spartan Stadium.

It was the Spartans' third straight loss to a top-10 team, a tough gauntlet of games that has left this team looking outplayed, outcoached and absolutely wiped out.

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Downright painful.

But the question is, how much does this hurt?

You know when you go to a doctor for a sprained ankle and you get asked: “On a scale of 1 to 10, how much pain are you in?”

That’s the question the Spartans and their fans are facing now, after watching this trilogy of ugliness.

Is it enough to make you want to see massive changes?

Would it be enough just to change some assistant coaches at the end of the season? I mean, a year after it should have been done?

Do you want to see a new head coach next season?

Have you reached that point yet?

What’s your pain level at?

Or is that just a "dumbass" question?

Nobody questions that MSU coach Mark Dantonio has had a great career in East Lansing. He deserves a statue. He deserves all kinds of praise.

But how long will past success cover up what’s happening to this team now?

Let’s just say, the trajectory doesn’t look promising. This team is regressing.

After losing 34-10 against Ohio State and getting blown out 38-0 at Wisconsin, the Spartans had a bye week to get ready for Penn State.

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It was a chance to have a reset, get healthy, find some new life and develop some new wrinkles.

But the Spartans got rolled.

And this is a team that looks like it has nothing left.

You want to see a team that looked fresh? It wasn’t the Spartans, the team that had a week of rest. Instead, it was Penn State, which beat Michigan a week ago in an emotional white-out game.

You want to see a quarterback with touch? It wasn’t MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke, who went 16 of 32 and threw a pair of interceptions (although to be fair, MSU dropped several passes).

But the rain didn’t bother Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford, who threw four touchdown passes, including a beautiful TD to Pat Freiermuth.

You want to see will and desire?

Freiermuth showed it, breaking tackles and willing himself into the end zone for a 19-yard TD pass.

You want to see somebody with ridiculous skills? It was hard to find on the Spartans.

But you could see it in KJ Hamler, the one-time MSU commit, who cut into the end zone on a 27-yard TD.

Watching this Spartans team play against a top-10 team feels like being out on the water, in a boat, with a hole in the hull.

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Mark Dantonio 's goal for Michigan State's football team during its first bye week is to "move Spartan Speak: What’s next after MSU’s blowout loss to Wisconsin. Saturday's loss felt like a turning point Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio took exception with a question about his offensive

Michigan State: The Spartans suffer a huge letdown after beating Penn State last week and watch their hopes of winning the Big Ten East dissolve in the cold Ohio afternoon. They could never get any significant offensive traction against the stout Buckeyes defense, which was intent on redemption.

At times, the water comes gushing through and your ankles get wet and there is no hope (like when Penn State raced to a 21-0 lead). It seems hopeless.

At other times, that water slows. (The Spartans got a first down. They made  a tackle. After falling behind 28-0, they finally scored in the third quarter and built a tiny shred of momentum.)

But still, that hole.

And the ending was inevitable.

Midway through the third quarter, the stands were mostly empty. Granted, the weather was miserable. But so is watching this team.

There’s no question something has to change. Dantonio made a massive gamble, keeping his coaching staff. It has failed miserably. Nothing is working. There is little hope. No progress.

And the pain is mounting.

Contact Jeff Seidel: jseidel@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @seideljeff. To read his recent columns, go to freep.com/sports/jeff-seidel.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Questions swirl for Michigan State football, Mark Dantonio after latest blowout loss

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Michigan State AD says there’s been no discussion about firing head coach Mark Dantonio .
If Mark Dantonio isn't back at MSU, it's because he will be stepping away not because the school pushed him out.The team is currently hovering at .500 for the season going into Saturday’s game against Illinois and the Spartans’ offense in particular is operating at a nails on the chalkboard level (21.8 ppg, 110th nationally) that would be in the dregs of the Big Ten were it not for the ineptness of fellow conference rival Northwestern.

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