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MSU-Iowa primer, Big Ten picks

Its homecoming and today will be a big day for the families of Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty.

Munn and Daugherty, who each are in the College Football Hall of Fame, will have their names added to the Ring of Fame at Spartan Stadium prior to the game against Iowa.

Solari takes a look at the coaching legends and compares them to men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and athletic director Mark Hollis, who have both done some special things at MSU.

Speaking of Izzo, the public got its first look at his team and Suzy Merchant’s women’s basketball team at Midnight Madness on Friday night. Our Paul Henderson has some video of the event, including Izzo’s entrance.

Today, we take a look at Andrew Maxwell as he is halfway through his first season as the Spartans’ starting quarterback. Columnist Graham Couch writes that the fourth-year junior has shown flashes but is still a work in progress. And the results from Maxwell’s first six games have been similar to the two other primary starting quarterbacks in the Dantonio era.

Here are the MSU-Iowa matchups and then our predictions for today’s game.

And looking at Iowa, their defensive coordinator is former Spartan defensive back Phil Parker. He was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1984 Cherry Bowl. Parker was Iowa’s defensive backs coach last season but was elevated to defensive coordinator when Norm Parker – a former MSU assistant coach – retired. We take a quick look at the MSU-Iowa coaching connections and other things relating to today’s matchup on our weekly five things to know piece.

Here are the Big Ten picks for myself and Solari.

Calloway’s picks
Northwestern at Minnesota – Northwestern
Wisconsin at Purdue – Wisconsin
Illinois at Michigan – Michigan
Ohio State at Indiana – Ohio State

Solari’s picks
Northwestern at Minnesota – Northwestern
Wisconsin at Purdue – Purdue
Illinois at Michigan – Michigan
Ohio State at Indiana – Ohio State

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18 Responses to MSU-Iowa primer, Big Ten picks

  1. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    You guys really had to go out on a limb with the picks today. Home field decides the PU/Whiskey game (I don’t know who has it).

    Mayo’s link on the previous thread is very fun, if only for the comments.

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Chris you know that when you say E6 to a military guy you’re saying SSgt, PO1, or TechSgt.

    • avatar Chris Solari says:

      I did not know that! I think of it in baseball terms … and always avoid E4 and E6 on all vending machines. Superstitious baseball guy!

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Gotta hand it to Lupi, her costume took more guts than Pancho’s.

    • avatar Spartan in Los Angeles says:

      Poncho has to be talked into costume changes, very good crisp execution and ball movement last night. Looking forward to kicking Iowa butt today.
      We need to restablish ourselves today and make a statement

      Go Green and Go Tigers in NYC.

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hears a link to some more pics from MMM: Spartans get 3/15 of the montage.

  5. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    MSU 17
    Ohio State 13

    Bell gets 100 yards
    Iowa does not

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      17-13 was my pick, but since there’s supposed to be a break in the rain I’ll go MSU 20, Iowa 14. Both Bell and Iowa will narrowly exceed 100 yds rushing [IA has their previous starter back from injury to push them over].

  6. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Seven lonely years
    And a dozen coaching screwed up games ago
    I reached out one night
    And my retirement money was gone
    Don’t know why Jeff Long would run,
    What he is running to or from
    All I know is these Kentucky Judges want to auction off my home

    So Im walking in the rain,
    Thumbing for a ride
    On this lonely kentucky backroad
    Ive screwed up games much too long
    And my loss of credibility is too strong
    To let MSU go, never knowing
    What went wrong

    Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
    And up aheads another Hog beatdown
    That I’ll go walking thru
    With the rain in my shoes,
    Creditors are Searchin for you
    In the cold kentucky rain,
    In the cold kentucky rain

    Showed your photograph
    To some old gray bearded Dr. Muffin
    Sitting on a bench
    Outside a general store
    He said yes, he’s been here
    But his memory wasn’t clear
    Was it the last coach that screwed MSU up
    No, wait the coach before

    So he finally got a ride
    With some Big Ten Network intern man who asked
    Where you bound on such a dark afternoon?
    As we drove on thru the rain
    As he listened I explained
    And he left me without a prayer
    That I would be a studio talent that Silverman could use.
    Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
    And up aheads another Hog beatdown
    That I’ll go walking thru
    With the rain in my shoes,
    Creditors are Searchin for you
    In the cold kentucky rain,
    In the cold kentucky rain

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      This is terrific and will go right over the fake cowboy’s head.

      Can’t believe the B1G is pushing the names of the football divisions as being something cool, they idea is, just not as names of football divisions.

  7. avatar drmuffin says:

    Iron mountain man can fly
    Iowa can cry
    Linda Carter had thighs
    SCum dies

  8. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Anyone who calls us the name of the mascot is just plain ignorant and a DHSFB

  9. avatar marky mark says:

    oh gooth poop

  10. avatar Vanilla Ice says:

    That two minute drill was pathetic. Does Dantonio even coach? How can a team at home be so disorganized?

  11. avatar marky mark says:

    What a joke!!!! Duncetonio says DEEEEEEEEEEER it would have been a long field goal anyway! What a coach!

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