Yeah - that is reasonable. It's a push game at a neutral site. The way MSU dominated a crap team pushes this in the 5 pt range
Betting line moving towards Sparty
Some weeks Al Borges looks like a genius, some like an idiot. Some weeks MSU scored 40 points and another week they barely score on offense at home vs Purdue.
Would surprise me if the final score was 31-14 either way
Is to shit the bed on the road, even against unwatchable teams. Of course, I want U-M to win, but if the same bunch who showed up in CT or PA play this Saturday, they may as well mail it in.
Well, at least Dantonio has no weeds...
Overlooked are long term trends. What has remained the same. MSU's defense has been excelent in all of their games. Because of their conisistancy it is reasonable to presume that they will play well. The offense though less consistant has made improvments. The running has improved from impossibly bad to decent. The QB has been inconsistant but is certainly playing better.
UM on the other hand has not been able to run at anyone. Even IU was able to keep the power runs under wraps. I believe it is reasonable to predict that any power running against even 7 man boxes perhaps even 6 will fair terribly. The defense has been bend but don't break, but has allowed numerous big plays and has been unable to generate a pass rush with a generic rush.
The home team gets some points because there will be critical plays where the offense will need to check out of a play and communication will be difficult. Also the other team will be amped up and energized. I think if we had any kind of running game, we would have a chance. I do not believe we have to outrush MSU, but it has to be something. My concern is even if Gallon & Funches are matchup problems, the fact that we are one dimensional allows MSU to blitz like crazy. I believe Gardner will have to play the game of his life similar to what happened against ND. Except now he has to do it on the road.
UM can beat MSU. But UM is more worried about Sparty's D-line than vice versa. Both sides can turn it over, but UM is far more predictable in that department unfortumately. I see this game as a referendum on Hoke as a credible head coach. If he loses this then I think many will lose faith in him.
Do you suppose young players automatically become good overnight?
I would expect them to get better through the year. Alabama lost 3 of their OL and put brand new guys in and struggled in the first game against VT. Now that line is working well even when they had to replace the current starting center with a backup for three games due to an injury. Come LSU, Auburn, SEC championship that line will look completely different than the one that played VT.
That should be the expectation. Barring tons of injuries the team should e getting better and better.
are shitty fans.