Northwestern brings ‘sour taste’ from upset loss last season into opener vs. Michigan State
They left East Lansing with the first blemish of the year as Michigan State pulled out a 29-20 upset win. “I think there’s certainly a degree of that, but you prepare for them like you prepare for any other opponent,” Northwestern center Sam Gerak said. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald in July said he believed the turnover is a “big advantage” for Michigan State and the Wildcats have been working preparing for new faces. It’s definitely a challenge in the opener and one that as a coach you really look forward to because of the challenge.”Related Michigan State football stories:Spartan Confidential podcast: Why did Emoni Bates choose Memphis over Michigan State? Michigan State DT Jalen Hunt feels poised for breakout seasonAt 6-foot-4, Michigan State’s Harold Joiner breaks the mold at running backMichigan State’s preparation heats up with focus shifting to NorthwesternLB transfer Quavaris Crouch brings experience and passion to Michigan State’s defensemlive.com
Alabama's Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans
Lawrence, the likely first pick in the next NFL draft, made AP All-America for the first time in his career. ___The 2020 AP All-America team:FIRST TEAMOffenseQuarterback — Mac Jones, junior, Alabama. Running backs — Najee Harris, senior, Alabama; Breece Hall, sophomore, Iowa State. Guards — Ben Cleveland, senior, Georgia; Tommy Kraemer, senior, Notre Dame. Safeties — Kyle Hamilton, sophomore, Notre Dame; Tykee Smith, sophomore, West Virginia.
AP All-Big Ten: Ohio State's Fields, Indiana's Allen honored
Fields led Ohio State to a 6-0 record and the No. 7 Indiana (6-1) to its highest ranking since 1967, knocking off three ranked teams along the way. Its only loss was 42-35 at Ohio State in a game that went down to the final play. u-QB — Justin Fields, Ohio State, 6-3, 228, Jr., Kennesaw, Georgia. C — Josh Myers, Ohio State, 6-5, 312, Jr., Miamisburg, Ohio.
Michigan State WR Ricky White shares Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Week honors
The Michigan State wide receiver earned Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Week honors on Monday after recording eight catches for 196 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s 27-24 upset win at Michigan. They’re also the second-highest total for a Michigan State player against Michigan, behind the 255 Plaxico Burress posted in 1999. White is the first Michigan State player to earn Big Ten player of the week honors since then-senior linebacker Joe Bachie was named the Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a Sept. 21 win at Northwestern last season. White on Monday was also named the Pro Football Focus national true freshman of the week. Michigan State (1-1) will play at Iowa (0-2) on Saturday (noon, ESPN).mlive.com