By: Will Burchfield
For all of the emphasis Mark Dantonio locations on rivalry video games, he’s simply as positive to emphasize people who comply with.
It’s one of many many developments he retains monitor of as Michigan State’s head coach.
“We’ve truly tracked how we play after our huge video games. We monitor that, ever since 2007. I’ve all the time believed what you do after you’re at an emotional excessive, what you’re going to do subsequent, must be outlined for our gamers. We talked about that yesterday,” Dantonio stated at his weekly press convention on Tuesday.
Nothing fees the Spartans’ feelings like their annual conflict with Michigan. For Dantonio, it’s the right benchmark.
“After the Michigan recreation, we’re eight-2. Whether or not we’ve gained it or misplaced it, we’re eight-2. I feel that’s a great measuring stick, however it’s essential to be ready for that as a result of it’s about what you’re going to do subsequent. In the event you don’t play your greatest, in case you play unemotional, you then’re not dealing with success proper,” Dantonio stated.
The Spartans will get an opportunity to enhance upon that report within the wake of final weekend’s exhilarating 14-10 win over Michigan. It was a victory fueled by ardour, and Dantonio needs to make sure his younger workforce doesn’t expertise an emotional letdown this weekend versus Minnesota.
“I feel, proper now, there’s a whole lot of messages,” he stated.
And the chief amongst them is that this: “‘Hey, don’t let your guard down. Maintain pushing, maintain climbing, maintain scratching and maintain displaying grit.’ That’s all I can ever ask for. Play exhausting, and often issues deal with themselves,” stated Dantonio.
Quite a lot of Michigan State gamers, quarterback Brian Lewerke amongst them, referred to as the win over Michigan top-of-the-line of their lives. They have been equipped and able to go, they usually delivered.
The problem will probably be channeling that very same power towards a much less noteworthy opponent.
“A part of our drawback I feel final yr was dealing with the success we had the earlier years. We simply didn’t deal with success as nicely,” Dantonio stated. “We anticipated it to occur, and when it didn’t occur we didn’t deal with it very nicely. I’m speaking about from a confidence standpoint.”
To get his gamers charged as much as face Minnesota, a group that’s misplaced its final two video games, Dantonio is specializing in the whole lot the Gophers have executed nicely. Ignore their three-2 document, he says. Fake they’re 5-zero.
“I feel Coach Fleck is doing an impressive job up there. They play extraordinarily arduous. They’ve been…