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Bacon: Wolverines “take the paddle” to Penn State; don’t dismiss MSU after loss to Wisconsin

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Michigan State's 30-6 loss to Wisconsin was its fewest points scored since a 2012 home loss to Notre Dame.

It was a full weekend of sports across the state of Michigan, headlined by the Wolverines and the Spartans hosting games in their respective home stadiums. Michigan, which remains ranked No. 4 in the nation, flexed its muscles with a 49-10 blowout of Penn State. Meanwhile, in East Lansing, it was a battle between two Big Ten teams ranked in the top ten. However, Michigan State suffered a rare one-sided loss, 30-6, to the Wisconsin Badgers.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Stateside and said he wasn't surprised by Michigan "taking the paddle" to the Nittany Lions. Bacon also wasn't surprised by Michigan State's loss. Rather, he said it was the way they lost that was surprising. Any momentum built up from scoring 36 points in a road win against Notre Dame last weekend was stopped by the Badgers' defense,which held MSU to its lowest point total since the 2012 season.

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Bacon says the Spartans aren't to be dismissed though. Wisconsin is a very good team, and Mark Dantonio's teams tend to get better as the season goes on.

Listen to the full interview to hear about the Tigers' final playoff push, the Lions' loss to the Packers (Yoopers rejoice!), the Red Wings adjusting to life without Pavel Datsyuk, and a fond farewell to golf legend Arnold Palmer. 

Watch below as MSU head coach Mark Dantonio disappears on live TV

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Josh Hakala, a lifelong Michigander (East Lansing & Edwardsburg), comes to Michigan Radio after nearly two decades of working in a variety of fields within broadcasting and digital media.
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