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Former Foes Week 12: SPARTY NOOOOOOOOOO

Michigan State’s epic collapse against Illinois was arguably the biggest story amongst Penn State’s former foes.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Michigan State Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

While us Penn State fans were busy mourning last Saturday, there was some good action amongst their former foes (if by “good action” of course, you mean “classic meltdown”). Let’s have an old looksie, here...

Former Foes

Idaho Vandals

Last Seen: Getting thumped on the road at Montana

Up Next: The Vandals play host to Sacramento State this Saturday, needing a win to keep their hopes of a non-losing season alive.

2019 Record: 4-6

Buffalo Bulls

Last Seen: Enjoying that sweet, sweet, second bye week.

Up Next: Da Bulls hit the road tonight (Thursday) to take on Kent State. Should they win this one, Lance Leipold’s crew will be bowl eligible. Quite the accomplishment, when you consider the fact they lost nearly all of their offensive production from a year ago to the transfer portal and the NFL Draft. I know he’s not the flashy type of hire, but if Florida State and Arkansas strike out on their top few choices, they might want to consider giving our pal Lance a call.

2019 Record: 5-4

Pittsburgh Panthers

Last Seen: Enjoying their second bye week.

Up Next: The Fightin’ Narduzzis host Mack Brown’s UNC Tar Heels tonight (Thursday) in the friendly yellow-seated confines of Heinz Field.

2019 Record: 6-3

Maryland Terrapins

Last Seen: Getting walloped by Ohio State in Columbus, 73-14. The Terps also saw one of their assistant coaches accused of snitching on Chase Young, which he vehemently denied. Things sure are going fine and dandy in Mike Locksley’s first year on the job!

Up Next: The 7th-ranked Terps host Oakland this Saturday at the Xfinity Center. Yes, I’m talking about the basketball team, because virtually every Maryland fan out there has shifted their focus to hoops, at this point.

2019 Record: 3-7

Purdue Boilermakers

Last Seen: Rallying from an early 14-0 deficit on the road at Northwestern, ultimately kicking a go-ahead field goal with five seconds left to win it, 24-22. Miraculously, the Boilermakers are still alive for a bowl bid.

Up Next: The Boilers get the week off before things get much tougher in the final two games of the season when they travel to Wisconsin and host arch-rival Indiana.

2019 Record: 4-6

Iowa Hawkeyes

Last Seen: Fighting back valiantly from a 21-6 deficit on the road at Wisconsin before coming up short in a 24-22 loss.

Up Next: A home date with undefeated, eighth-ranked, bitter rival Minnesota.

2019 Record: 6-3

Michigan Wolverines

Last Seen: Enjoying their second bye week.

Up Next: Michigan hosts Michigan State on Saturday, in what could be one of the more lopsided wins in this rivalry in recent memory in favor of the Wolverines.

2019 Record: 7-2

Michigan State Spartans

Last Seen: Blowing a 28-3 lead at home to Illinois in spectacular SPARTY NO fashion. Good luck recovering from this one, Mark Dantonio. If Mike Valenti hadn’t already checked out a while ago, I’d be anxiously awaiting a rant that would rival his classic meltdown circa 2006, when they blew a similarly large lead to Notre Dame.

Up Next: A trip to the Big House for their annual rivalry showdown with Michigan.

2019 Record: 4-5

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Last Seen: Oh no...No, no, no. Not doing this. NOT DOING THIS.

Up Next: A trip to Iowa City this Saturday to take on their bitter rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes.

2019 Record: 9-0

Former Bros

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Last Seen: Enjoying that second bye week (and being spared a week of rumors regarding Joe Moorhead’s job status or which vacancies he might look for a safe landing spot at).

Up Next: Alabama comes to Starkville, which will be the by far tallest task remaining for the Fightin’ Moorheads. Assuming they lose that one, Mississippi State will need to beat both Abilene Christian and Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl to avoid spending the holidays at home.

2019 Record: 4-5