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Mark Dantonio: Michigan State football still can have successful season

EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio is experiencing mediocrity for the first time in six years.

Not the euphoric highs of Big Ten championships, big-time bowl games and the College Football Playoff. Not the miserable lows of 2016.

Some of it has been injuries. Some of it coaching. Some of it poor execution by players. Some of it good play by opponents.

Regardless, Michigan State football enters Saturday’s regular-season finale against Rutgers (noon, Fox) trying to salvage one more win to get to seven victories and avoid falling below .500 in Big Ten play.