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Michigan State football to have new neon green alternate uniform?

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Michigan State looks like they will have some neon in an alternate football uniform this fall.

Andrew Lind of SportsLogos.net shared an image on Twitter Friday of a Spartans football helmet that he says will be part of a neon green accented alternate uniform. He says the uniform could be unveiled this weekend.

When alternate uniforms or new designs and logos leak, they tend to be accurate. Sometimes teams leak them on purpose to test the fan reaction.

The reaction to these uniforms are not positive so far. Many associate the neon with the Oregon Ducks but note the Spartans’ offense does not have the same flash as the Ducks.

10 college football teams in need of a bowl win

Urban Meyer

Some bowl games simply mean more than others, and some teams have had to deal with more chaos on and off the field this season than others. That all culminates during bowl season, when several teams will compete in non-playoff bowls simply for bragging rights and a victorious end to the season.

For some teams, this means more. Outgoing coaches, momentum for the future, and a silver lining to a disappointing season are all potential incentives for teams contesting these games. We’ve excluded the two College Football Playoff semifinals, as the incentive for victory there is quite obvious, but the other games have their fair share of storylines as well. Here are ten teams that could really use a bowl win to cap off their season.

10. Kentucky Wildcats

The Wildcats can be pretty satisfied with what they’ve done this season no matter how the Citrus Bowl goes for them, but a win over Penn State would be an excellent way to cap off the year. Kentucky would get to ten wins if they can win this game, the first time the program will have done so since 1977. They probably should have gotten there already, but an upset loss to Tennessee made the task harder than it had to be. They’d hate to miss out on that landmark on account of that defeat.

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Watch: Spartans can’t stop making errors in fourth quarter meltdown

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The Michigan State Spartans had a real chance against the Ohio State Buckeyes entering the fourth quarter, but things got away from them very quickly.

It started at the end of the third, with the Spartans down 7-6 but pinned at their own one. Instead of risking a punt, Michigan State appeared to intentionally take a safety to make it 9-6 but at least give themselves a chance to set field position up more favorably.

The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, so the move backfired from that perspective. Still, the Spartan defense got out of bounds, but Ohio State’s special teams continued to dominate, pinning Michigan State at the two-yard line with another great punt.

On the very first play from scrimmage, things went from bad to worse for Michigan State.

Amazingly, the Spartans weren’t done, as quarterback Rocky Lombardi fumbled on the first play of the next possession, turning the ball over again. It was, essentially, three turnovers in as many plays.

The guess here is that this wasn’t quite in the scouting report Dwayne Haskins got about this game. He’ll take it all the same, as the Spartans have put in one of the most brutal offensive performances of the season.

Big Ten fines Michigan State over pregame scuffle

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The Michigan State Spartans have been assigned the bulk of the blame for Saturday’s pregame skirmish, at least in the eyes of the Big Ten.

The conference issued numerous reprimands for Saturday’s events, but it was Michigan State who was hit with a $10,000 fine for the pregame scuffle with Michigan. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was formally reprimanded for doing nothing to prevent the issue, while Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was reprimanded for his postgame comments. Michigan linebacker Devin Bush was the only played reprimanded, as he stomped on the Spartan logo after the incident.

Harbaugh will certainly feel vindicated, as it was found that his players had every right to be on the field when Michigan State’s players began their walk. As far as the Big Ten is concerned, the issue is settled, and both schools will probably want to just move on.

Watch: Devin Bush defaces Spartan logo after pregame altercation

The Michigan Wolverines didn’t even wait until the pregame walkthrough was over to renew hostilities with the Michigan State Spartans.

Several Wolverine players did not get out of the way during Michigan State’s traditional on-field walk before the game, leading to an on-field altercation.

Naturally, Michigan blamed Michigan State for being behind schedule.

That incident apparently set off Wolverine linebacker Devin Bush, who promptly began trying to deface the Spartan logo at midfield with his cleats.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh actually suggested worrying less about extracurricular stuff like this in the leadup to the game. Everyone more or less had until they came face-to-face, at which point all bets were off.

Handing out college football midseason awards for 2018

Tua Tagovailoa

We’re midway through college football season, but that’s not too early to hand out some hardware for standout teams and player — for both good and bad reasons. There’s the Heisman, of course, but we’ve put together our own set of awards to recognize some of the leading lights of the 2018 college football season so far.

Here are ten of our midseason award winners for the 2018 college football season.

Heisman Trophy — Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama

This is still open enough that someone could come in and take it from Tagovailoa, but the Alabama quarterback doesn’t look like he intends to loosen his grip on the award. He’s completed 75 percent of his passes, has thrown 18 touchdowns without any interceptions, and is the offensive backbone of the best team in the nation — something that should not be underrated. He has to be considered the clear favorite at the moment, and unless he regresses quickly, will probably stay that way.

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8 things the college football polls got wrong after Week 3

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We’re starting to get an idea of which college football teams are for real and which might be in for a long 2018 season. The polls can be slow to adapt to rises and falls in fortune, so we’re here to take a look at which teams are getting a bit too much credit — or not enough — from both the AP voters and the coaches.

Here are eight issues we have with this week’s college football polls.

No. 4 Ohio State has the more impressive win than Georgia…

The consensus top four is pretty easy right now. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State all look to be above everyone else at the moment. Alabama has clout as the nation’s best team. After that, it’s a matter of ordering it. Ohio State and Georgia both have top 25 wins this season. Georgia, ranked No. 3 in the Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the AP, beat then-ranked South Carolina on the road. Ohio State handled TCU in a neutral site game, albeit one in Arlington, Texas. That win is more impressive. If that matters, even at this early stage of the season, the Buckeyes could justify a No. 2 ranking.

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