Last week’s predictions for Michigan State’s chances at Wisconsin, from me and many of you, were as pessimistic as they’ve been all season.
And, like most of the season, most of us have had trouble picking the outcome.
I’m not sure if what happened offensively in the final five minutes and overtime last Saturday translates to this week. Because, before that, there were 55 minutes of relatively ugly offense.
But winning breeds confidence, no question about that, and this Spartan defense doesn’t need much help right now. Just a couple touchdowns.
As we get into this week’s predictions, I’m also curious about the percentage of Spartan Stadium that’ll be filled with Nebraska fans.
Gannett MSU beat writer and colleague Joe Rexrode wrote about this in today’s Detroit Free Press, as do I in a column running in Saturday’s LSJ looking back at the 1995 game — Nebraska’s last and only visit to this point in what will be come an every-year series.
Back then Spartan Stadium was at least one-third red. The Cornhuskers have an amazing fan base. Probably the best in the country in terms of travel, passion, knowledge and courtesy toward other fan bases.
I was at the Kalamazoo Gazette when Western Michigan visited Nebraska in 2008. That week set all sorts of records for web hits. My editors thought I was just doing great work. I didn’t feel like telling them it was all Nebraska fans.
So, how much red is in Spartan Stadium today? And what’s your score prediction and why?
I think Rex Burkhead’s absence (if he doesn’t play) makes a difference. And, despite Taylor Martinez’s vastly improved passing numbers, I still think he throws like a third-grader.
If you look at MSU’s success against this sort of quarterback, the Spartan defense doesn’t give up much. The only reason for a loss to Braxton Miller and Ohio State is one long perfect pass down the sidelines that got the Buckeyes to 17 points.
Denard Robinson and Martinez can’t make that pass. Denard put up 12 points and it turned out to be enough. I’m not sure Martinez gets to 17, either.
As for our weekly prediction standings, AAsparty won last week with his call of a 17-14 MSU win. It was the first week multiple readers had the spread correct.
GreenGuy is still in the lead with two wins. AAsparty, Marky Mark, Lancelot and MD have one each.
Your predictions and analysis, please.