Happy Black Friday. If you’re reading this on your phone, standing in a long check-out line at Best Buy, 40-inch television tucked in your cart, the $200 you might have saved (if the sale price was truthful) barely worth your lost dignity, let’s start to get back to normal.
MSU vs. Minnesota, noon Saturday at Spartan Stadium. To steal a line from Jack Ebling, this wasn’t the MSU-U of M game that was supposed to matter. Actually, the last one mattered, too, but you get the joke.
The goal for the Spartans is the Rose Bowl. But should they fall short next week, this week is important. MSU (10-1, 7-0 Big Ten) needs to beat the Gophers to get to any other BCS bowl.
Minnesota (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) is an awesome story. And Jerry Kill and his staff have done an incredible job there, as they have everywhere they’ve been — Saginaw Valley, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois. This crew can coach.
But I don’t think the Gophers have enough offensive punch to beat MSU right now.
The Spartans have been so focused in recent weeks, so balanced offensively and, with it being the senior day for the winningest class in school history, I don’t see that slipping.
Here are a couple stories and columns on that class, in case your Thanksgiving didn’t include reading MSU football coverage.
How do you see today?
As we wrap up the regular season of our predictions contest — the bowl game counts — here’s a look at where things stand:
Jmac last week was the first to pick the score exactly all season, predicting a 30-6 MSU win over Northwestern. He’ll get two wins for that.
So,Β on the season, Jmac, Trophy, jmr and Lancelot_Spartan have two wins. AGSpartanFan, Justin, SpartyOn, Tobacco Road Spartan, GreenGuy, Ryan Borucki and zachj each have one win.
How about this week? What happens? Analysis and predictions, please?
Tiebreaker: Number of total yards of offense for Minnesota.
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.