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Dantonio: Bye week gives MSU chance to ‘step away’

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Mark Dantonio isn’t sure when the best time is for a team to have a bye, but the fact the Spartans will have the week off after just two games won’t be looked at as a bad thing.

Especially after Michigan State had a second-week bye in 2016.

Coach Mark Dantonio and Michigan State won't return to action until Sept. 23, when they play host to Notre Dame in East Lansing.


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The fact remains, however, that 2-0 Michigan State will next take the field on Sept. 23 when Notre Dame visits Spartan Stadium.

“We’ve had them all over the place in the past 10 years,” Dantonio said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “We had one year (2008) where the bye was the next to last game and I was threatened about that, but we had a chance to play for a championship that time and so we had an extra week to prepare.

“Most people would probably like to have them mid-year, but we had a long camp this year, longer than usual, so we’ve been seven weeks straight with football. So, I do think it’s advantageous for our guys to step away. Maybe it’s best said, how so you play after the bye week? That will define itself.”