Nothing like a heartbreaking loss that drops a team to .500, followed by a bye week and an eventful start to basketball season to make football season seem less the story.
But alas, Michigan State football is back with one more home game, and a relatively important at that one for its diminished bowl picture.
Jacksonville or Tempe — that’s what’s on the line. Actually, if it were only about those two cities, MSU might want to lose on purpose. But the Gator Bowl, on New Year’s Day, is the more prestigious finish and what’s probably at stake Saturday.
I like MSU’s chances against Northwestern. But I’ve picked much of this season wrong, mostly because I haven’t completely respected a series of run-first QBs which have managed to do enough with their arms to beat the Spartans. Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez was the best of the group so far.
Again I have my doubts about an opposing QB who’s more athlete than passer. Northwestern’s Kain Colter is less a passer than Martinez or Braxton Miller or Denard Robinson. At least that’s my perception. The use of backup Trevor Siemian only makes the Wildcats’ intentions more obvious. That said, this is a football team that’s one seven games, a number of them close. MSU is never in anything but close games and hasn’t won many of them. Good luck picking this one.
And with that, I’m curious to hear your thoughts.
MLM89 came closest to picking the score of the Nebraska-MSU game, predicting the Cornhuskers 20-16, hitting the margin exactly.
GreenGuy is still in the lead among our group with two wins. AAsparty, Marky Mark, Lancelot, MD and MLM89 have one each.
Your analysis and predictions, please.