Remember a few years back after the 2007 Rose Bowl when USC DE/LB Brian Cushing said this about Michigan:
"We just knew what they were going to do. They're a traditional offense -- they're not trying to trick you. They rely on their players being better than yours. We had the better players today."
That statement made me cringe. It could have been some post-victory smack talk but I think most of us accepted this as truth about the old Michigan offense.
Those days are long gone, two ND linebackers had this to say regarding facing MSU one week after Michigan:
“It’s going to be easier for us this week because they line up in an I pro (formation) and they’re going to come at you and try to run between the tackles,” linebacker Brian Smith said.
“It ain’t as much razzle-dazzle and tricky,” linebacker Toryan Smith said. “Michigan State, what you see is what you get.”
Given those comments alone, which program do you think is on the rise and which on the decline (as if history and last weekend didn't say this loudly enough)?
If the spread is dead, then Notre Dame fears our spread zombies.
Way to get your life back on track, moron.
Assuming that the laws of reality apply and that one of these two teams has to win, I'm curious who people are cheering for this weekend - ND or MSU. I have very mixed feelings. Part of me wants ND to win because it will increase the odds of Weis sticking around for another year, which I think would be a good thing for us. But my dislike for Notre Dame is actually greater than my dislike for MSU, partially because I've disliked Notre Dame for as long as I can remember, while I was ambivalent about MSU until I came to Michigan for grad school.
I think at the end of day, I'd like to see MSU win because: (1) they're in conference, (2) I think ND gives us a little more competition recruiting-wise, and (3) I think the ND program is in greater turmoil, and it'd be fun to watch the program fall to shit, even though we might not have Weis to kick around any longer.
What do you think?
First scenario that I fear. ND unloads their frustrations on Michigan State and we in turn lose to the Spartans. This is a very likely scenario and one that would have ND fans saying "see we were robbed", and of course "we are better than Michigan". As long as we finish out with enough wins for a bowl game, I could live with this happening, but it would sting especially after such a great victory.
Second Scenario, we win out until Ohio State. Then we proceed to lose a heart breaker at home to Tressel again similar to 2006 in the Shoe. The pain from being so high and falling so far. Also, after witnessing the first two games and all the newly created buzz not that far of a stretch anymore. I think I would prefer to lose to MSU and Wisconsin this year (they owe us one) and beat the buckeyes at home. Still a scenario I could live with since being so low last year.
Third Scenario, ND beats MSU, we lose to MSU, Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State, and Ohio State. Also a feasible scenario. At 7-5, right where most would have predicted we'd fall this year, but still painful after being so hyped after ND.
I am truly not trying to be a pessimist, but rather a realist about what could lie around the corner for us. What does Karma have in store for us?
Michigan State v. Notre Dame
Saturday, September 19 @ 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame Stadium
South Bend, IN
Anything? Anything? Bueller?
Did Michigan State's grade tampering scandal leading to the forfeiture of the entire 1994 season get this much attention?
How do allegations of extra practice compare to proof of grade tampering? They always talk about the fab five asterisk. Why is this never mentioned?