CORRECTION: I forgot to put Illinois in. Corrected below. I also went a little more in depth with my "tossup analysis"
CORRECTION II: Apparently I don't know how to count, and my 'prediction' below adds up to 6-6, not 7-5, so corrected
Curious as to people's prediction on the schedule. I've been reading a lot of people's general predictions (this is a 7-5 team, I really think we can win 9 games, etc) and I'm just wondering where people are getting their guesses. Here's my thoughts:
Probable win: Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Delaware State
Tossups: Notre Dame, MSU, Iowa, Purdue, Illinois
Probable loss: Penn State, Wisconsin, OSU (again...damnit).
-Notre Dame: Pretty much dominated them, except for the turnovers this past year. With their recruiting, however, they are probably the most talented of my tossup teams. I'll chalk this one up in the L column.
-MSU: I would HATE to lose two in a row to these guys, but I do think Dantonio has done a good job getting them an identity as a pretty hard-nosed team. I think it will take one more season before we resume our dominance of Sparty. Loss.
-Iowa: Showed a lot of improvement last year over the year before, young, and a lot of people think they're going to be a lot better this year. I don't know why, but I'm going the other way and think last year was more of a fluke than the year before. Win for M.
-Purdue: My god their defense was terrible. Ours was too, but I think we have the talent to improve on that side of the ball a lot more readily than they do. Win for M.
-Illinois: At Illinois, on Halloween so it could be a pretty crazy crowd. They pretty thoroughly dominated us this past year. I'm saying this will end in the L column.
This brings us to 6-6, which is my prediction. If we don't go 6-6, I see us picking up an 7th win (vs ND) a lot more easily than a 7th loss (vs Iowa). 6-6 probably gets us to a pretty crappy bowl against a pretty crappy team, so I say we get a bowl win out of this.