Mel Tucker's Michigan State football news conference thread

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Welcome to our live coverage of the Michigan State football news conference with head coach Mel Tucker on Tuesday, beginning around 12:30 p.m.

The Spartans open the season Friday in a Big Ten affair against the Northwestern Wildcats. MSU went 2-4 last year in Tucker's first season, including an upset of No. 13 Northwestern at Spartan Stadium in late November, 29-20. The Wildcats finished 7-2, with a 35-19 Citrus Bowl win over Auburn.

This week, MSU was picked to finish last in the East Division by the media this season; Northwestern was picked fourth in the West.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State's Mel Tucker news conference: Thread recap