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Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games five times in the last six seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system.
To put it mildly, Mike Riley’s debut didn’t go smoothly. Nebraska struggled, no doubt about it, but the squad finished 3-1 in its last four games with a bowl win vs. UCLA in an otherwise vexing 6-7 season that forever will be remembered by myriad tough losses.
Monday is the 20th anniversary of Brook Berringer’s death.
Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons.
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This is a big season for James Franklin, who begins his third campaign in State College looking for a breakthrough. He slowly has built up a depleted roster. And a staff alteration that included changing both coordinators offers intrigue. How will all of this play out for a program that dropped its last four games of 2015?
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USAToday is out with the Top 20 largest athletic programs in the nation. And the Big Ten is well represented with seven entries. The SEC? It has 10. Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State are the lone non-Big Ten and SEC schools in the Top 20.