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Looking at Indiana, Big Ten picks and MSU on Parker’s shortened list

Another busy sports weekend is upon us. We have a full slate of college football games on Saturday, the usual NFL games (at least the Lions won’t lose or give up a TD on special teams) and playoff baseball with the Tigers home to take on the Athletics for the first two games of the American League Divisional Series.

The MSU football team leaves the state of Michigan for the first time of this season to face Indiana – their protected rival from the Leaders division. MSU and Indiana battle annually for the Old Brass Spittoon.

Northwestern had a school-record 704 yards of total offense in its 44-29 victory over the Hoosiers last weekend. Solari and I both see this as a game where MSU can get things ironed out with the offense. Indiana ranks last in the Big Ten in total defense (448.8 yard per game) and rushing defense (213.5 yards per game).

Indiana has the Big Ten’s top passing offense but has lost starter Tre Roberson for the season with a broken leg and is playing both junior college transfer Cameron Coffman and true freshman Nate Sudfeld at quarterback. Coffman is expected to start.

Solari provides us with five things to watch heading into this matchup.

Also here are our picks for this weekend’s Big Ten games.

Calloway’s picks
Northwestern at Penn State – Penn State
Illinois at Wisconsin – Wisconsin
Michigan at Purdue – Purdue
Nebraska at Ohio State – Ohio State

Solari’s picks
Northwestern at Penn State – Northwestern
Illinois at Wisconsin – Wisconsin
Michigan at Purdue – Purdue
Nebraska at Ohio State – Nebraska

In some basketball news, ESPN recruiting analyst and scout Reggie Rankin reports blue-chip prospect Jabari Parker has cut his list of schools down to five and MSU is still in the hunt to land the top 2013 player. Stanford, BYU, Duke and Florida are the other schools in the running for Parker according to Rankin.

DePaul, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina were the schools that didn’t make Parker’s top five. The schools were included on his initial list of 10, which he released in July.

Here are a few links from yesterday’s hockey media day. Freshman forward David Bondra wants to make a name for himself and other items are in this short MSU notebook, and junior goaltender Will Yanakeff has gained confidence and is prepared for a bigger role. And videographer Paul Henderson shot some video of Tom Anastos and Will Yanakeff speaking during media day.

And non-MSU related, there was this gem of a tweet from an Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.”

Click here to read a little more about Jones.


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19 Responses to Looking at Indiana, Big Ten picks and MSU on Parker’s shortened list

  1. avatar Drew says:

    As a third string QB Mr. Jones may want to think about how long he’ll actually be playing FOOTBALL. Somewhere Allen Iverson is smiling!

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      In many ways Iverson contributed to that mindset. Have faith in Poncho regarding the pursuit of the ring bearer. Developing a good relationship with the parents is key and his mother was impressed that Poncho took the time to step out on the patio with you guys before the first football game. At some programs you need a retina scan to get inside the head coaches office. As regards to the football game , I am hoping for a confidence building win tomorrow.

      ” A journey of a thousand mile ( or the distance to Pasadena) begins with a single step.”

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Urban Meyers attitude is thats ok as long as you are high enough on the depth chart, this guy is not so Urban can make an example of him, but the attitude of the head guy seeps down through out the program and kids pick up on that.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        criminal recruiter doesn’t care about character, he only wants kids who will sacrifice anything to help Urban win. Please not, that’s meyer win, not OSU.

  2. avatar Behind the green curtain says:

    Can Mark Dantonio inspire his players ti get their pi.. Hot?

  3. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    I feel a song parody coming on for the Urban Legend. Fifty Ways to Screw Your Brother. Has anyone realized his initials are UM.

  4. avatar The Tanner says:

    Jabbar look at MSU baby !!!

    Meyers get Cornhuskers baby !!!

    Miggy get triple crown baby !!!

    The Tanner got game baby !!!

  5. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    Wow, do we stink. Our all-world corner Johnny Adams just got beat for a touchdown again. A ton of penalties, lack of emotion, and a real lack of focus. Players got a play, but sooner or later coaching matters. The only good news is it’s early., But it doesn’t look good.

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