Could Spartans miss a bowl?; Hoops target to decide today

A little bit of reading for you to digest as you watch the Tigers try to finish off a sweep of the New York Yankees and earn a trip to the World Series.

Before the season, it seemed like a slam dunk that the Michigan State football team would go bowling and many thought this was as good of chance as any for them to end their Rose Bowl drought.http://db.lsj.com/blogswp/spartanshadows/wp-admin/post.php?post=472&action=edit&message=1

But a 4-3 start has altered those expectations and a few Big Ten Network analysts debated that it was possible the Spartans not get the necessary six wins to become bowl eligible.With five regular-season games remaining, the Spartans need just two wins for that to be possible. But the schedule isn’t simple with road games at Michigan and Wisconsin the next two weeks, a home game against Nebraska before a bye week and then finishing at home against Northwestern and at Minnesota.

Those remaining opponents have a combined record 19-9 against Bowl Subdivision teams, marking the 11th most difficult schedule in the nation.

Of those five games, Minnesota appears to be the easiest right now.

That’s why Saturday’s game at the Big House is very critical for the Spartans. The game could be one that turns their season around and gives them the positive momentum it needs.

“I think it’s always a pivotal game regardless of what the records are and those types of things,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. “We’ve never backed away from the challenge since we’ve come here. We’ll always maintain that approach.

” … In terms of this time, this year, obviously a win’s a win. They all count one. So it would be very big for us in that respect just in terms of where we’re at. It’s game eight. Game eight is two thirds of the season for us.”

Added MSU quarterbacks coach Dave Warner: “There’s still a lot of great things for us to achieve this year and certainly a Big Ten championship is not out of the possibility right now. I mean that’s still there. Things have to happen, we’ve got to pick things up and get it going but that’s still there.”

On the flip side, MSU is a few plays away from being 6-1 so that could provide  optimism heading into the final stretch. And they have had their way in the Michigan series recently.

What are your thoughts about MSU’s final five games?

Today, Tom Izzo could land his first basketball recruit for 2013 with Memphis Southwind’s Johnathan Williams set to announce his decision in a few hours. His AAU coach DuJuan Taylor says Williams could play the 3, 4 or 5 but believes his best fit is power forward. Williams played for the USA U17 team. He is also considering Missouri and Georgetown.

A couple of links from today’s LSJ. The Spartans will face an improving Michigan defense on Saturday in Ann Arbor. And Graham Couch writes that super basketball prospect Jabari Parker’s visit is a big deal for MSU.

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14 Responses to Could Spartans miss a bowl?; Hoops target to decide today

  1. avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

    Thanks for the quotes. I think most people are overreacting on the 4-3 record and I still believe this is a very good football team. We are a few plays away from being 6-1, just haven’t been able to pull out the close ones like we have in the last 2 years. I don’t think there is any chance that we miss a bowl game while Coach D is our coach, I just can’t see him letting that happen. I still believe we have a good shot at beating michigan and turning this season around. Robinson struggles vs athletic defenses and I see no reason for that not to continue against MSU.

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      There is a good chance that themthar Hogs will go 6-6 and Dantonio 5-7., Than some folks around here one in particular will have to admitt that MSU made a poor decision in 2006.

  2. avatar IndianaSpartan says:

    Brian, pretty sure as nice a signing as Mr. Williams will be, he won’t be Izzo’s “first.” Over the course of his career, I dare say Coach Izzo has signed his fair share of recruits.

  3. avatar MusicCitySpartan says:

    Any word on where Johnathon Williams committed?

  4. avatar Ben Green says:

    It is certainly possible the Spartans will not win 6 games. It’s also possible they will steal one or more in which they are an underdog. It bothers me that Dave Warner basically admitted they are baffled about how to get the offense working.

    • avatar Behind the green curtain says:

      Pretty easy to get baffled out there son

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        It’s a game, stupid.

        • avatar Behind the green curtain says:

          So you have never been baffled under fire sure you have son

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            If you get baffled under fire doing what I did for a living, there Bunkie, you didn’t keep living. Your talking about a game where everyone wears more armor than carried on a Bradley, and the only thing they have to worry about is another person of similar in size running into him. Come on. Bunkie, where’s the pressure? NOBODY dies.

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