After 1-1 Start, Time To Turn The Page

After 1-1 Start, Time To Turn The Page

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After 1-1 Start, Time To Turn The Page

With the bye-week and a bit of a wobbly start to a season with high expectations now in the books, Michigan State can look to Bob Seger for guidance as the Big Ten season kicks off with a trip to Indiana.

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No matter what happens this coming Saturday night in Bloomington when Michigan State squares off against Indiana in the first Big Ten game on the 2018 schedule, the national championship cannot be won.

The Big Ten Eastern Division championship cannot be won in this Saturday’s game against the Hoosiers.

A College Football Playoff appearance cannot be earned before, during, or after the Spartans’ contest against IU on Saturday night.

LJ Scott cannot go over the 1,000 yard mark Saturday night against Indiana.

Brian Lewerke cannot be invited to the Heisman Trophy Award Ceremony after the game this Saturday night.

Felton Davis cannot reach 1,000 yards of receiving in this Saturday’s game.

Joe Bachie cannot be named the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year after this opening game of Big Ten play for the Spartans.

Matt Coghlin cannot be named the winner of the Lou Groza Award no matter how many field goals he converts Saturday night.

And Mark Dantonio cannot – no matter what happens – become the program’s all-time winningest coach with a victory against the Hoosiers.

Perhaps all of these facts might be helpful for this program and its fans to recognize and understand in full as Michigan State readies itself to get back to business in Bloomington.

The bye week might have seemed to be a bit earlier than desired on paper prior to the start of this season that has carried extremely high expectations for these Spartans.

But perhaps after a somewhat frustrating 1-1 start to the season, the bye-week wound up being well timed.

It has given this program a moment to catch its breath, take stock of itself, and turn the page.

And from this point on, perhaps the team and its entire fan base can see that, like all other great teams of this Mark Dantonio Era, the season should literally be taken one, single game at a time.

Just attack one, single game at a time.

And if we want to even get more granular, attack one, single possession at a time.

LJ Scott might be the best microcosm of what we’re talking about here –

Instead of thinking about draft status and rushing for 1,000 yards, how about thinking of gaining five or six yards and plowing through and over the guys on defense?

How about thinking back to the type of approach that was applied on this play –

One game at a time, one possession at a time, one play at a time.

This football program hasn’t ever really been one that fancies itself a glamour girl.

When it’s been at it’s best, it’s been because it’s been focused on grinding things out within games – and that grinding eventually leads to the team being in position to do great things.

Maybe everyone who is a part of this Green & White ride would do themselves good to gather themselves, take a deep breath, remember that this football team is loaded with plenty of talent, remember that this team is loaded with great coaches, remember that this team has all of its goals in front of it, and that the season can take on a whole new feel and vibe this Saturday night against Indiana.

So, time for everyone to take a page from the man who told us many years ago to turn the page – let’s all give Michigan native son Bob Seger a moment to lead the way for us with a rare live performance from 1980…….

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