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2016 Schedule
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Who are college football's blue-blood programs?

It's a fun but complicated question: Who are college football's blue-blood programs? Our writers ranked all 128 and pinpointed the eight schools that the sport wouldn't be the same without.

Michigan State's McDowell is Herbie's player who looks the part (0:47)
Michigan State stuns Michigan with miraculous TD in final seconds (0:25)
Desmond Howard still bitter over Michigan's loss to Michigan State (1:20)

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Redshirt freshman Cassius Peat will transfer from Michigan State, the school announced. The defensive end from Arizona didn't play last year and hasn't been participating in practice this month.

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Handing out the 2016 Herbie Awards

Kirk Herbstreit reveals the candidates and winners of his 2016 Herbie Awards and makes his playoff picks.

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1dSharon Katz and Mark Schlabach

Man vs. metric: Two views on each top 25 team's toughest game

What matters more: What you see on the field or what you see in the analytics? Mark Schlabach and Sharon Katz discuss each top 25 team's toughest game of the year through those two lenses.

Relive the Michigan-Michigan State finale with Legos (0:26)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton might have the best nickname for All-America candidate Malik McDowell: Gumby. "He's flexible, man," Spartans co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett said. "It's uncanny how he can do what he does. Just a different type guy, how flexible and wiry he is. You watch the practice film and some Gumby stuff happens." McDowell can play both line positions but might best serve MSU as an edge rusher this season.

Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State players still call Jalen Watts-Jackson "Legend" because of his last second TD against Michigan when he broke his hip. He said he's ready to move on. "I had three months to sit down and think about it (while recovering)."

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McDowell named to All-American team

Michigan State DT Malik McDowell performed well in the College Football Playoff. He'll be playing in several spots on the Spartans' D-line this season. All-American team

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan State co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach Harlon Barnett: "Since we've been here, top to bottom, it's our deepest secondary. Now that Rose Bowl secondary [Darqueze Dennard, Trae Waynes, Kurtis Drummond, Isaiah Lewis], they were elite, man. But I'm talking top of the room to the bottom of the room, right now, it's the best."

Team Stats

Passing Yards236.153rd
Rushing Yards160.779th
Points For32.250th
Points Against20.5Tied-19th

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