Michigan State Football: Winners and Losers from Spartans' Loss to Ohio State

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Michigan State Football: Winners and Losers from Spartans' Loss to Ohio State
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No. 14 Ohio State held off No. 20 Michigan State (AP Top 25) 17-16 in a tense matchup between two ranked Big Ten teams. It's a gut-wrenching loss for a Spartans team that saw plenty of opportunities fall by the wayside, sometimes through no fault of their own.  

A one-point loss is always a bitter pill to swallow, and Michigan State will need to set its sights on the future if it hopes to avoid a big slide in the coming weeks. Even with this defeat in hand, the Spartans have a talented team and a bright future. As coach Mark Dantonio said after the game (per MSUSpartans.com), 

You lose a game 17 to 16, you have a tendency to say 'what if' a lot. When you lose by one point it's a big failure. But I can handle the mistakes if our guys play hard, compete, play with energy, take what you've got and keep moving forward.

Before the Spartans and their fans move ahead, let's take one last look at the winners and losers from Michigan State's bout with the Buckeyes.

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