Mark Dantonio guarantees win over Ohio State


Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio  has done a tremendous job in building up the Spartans football program to the level it currently stands. After winning a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl last season, Dantonio’s Spartans are now respected as the class of the Big Ten and look to be the conference’s best hope to crack the College Football Playoff at the end of the season. If there is anything Dantonio is lacking, it sure isn’t confidence in his team. Dantonio, appearing on ESPN’s First Take, went on record saying Michigan State has a win waiting for them tomorrow when the Spartans take on Ohio State.

Saturday night’s contest between Michigan State and Ohio State is essentially an elimination game for the Spartans and the Buckeyes, at least as far as the College Football Playoff is concerned. The Spartans are the highest-ranked one-loss team from the Big Ten and can easily move up at least one spot with a win with TCU and Kansas State playing tomorrow night as well. For Ohio State, this is the last chance to prove to anyone watching or paying attention the early-season loss to Virginia Tech should not be considered a true example of what this team is. Both teams have improved since their early losses, and now a chance to seriously enter the playoff discussion is up for grabs.

The Big Ten is still lingering in the playoff hunt, but the conference may be in need of either one of these two programs (or Nebraska) to rise up and come through with a big performance.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.