September 17th, 2011 at 6:31 PM ^

The big difference is that MSU has nobody like Denard who can just take over the game.  For as good as Cousins is as a pocket passer, he needs a good line to protect him.  MSU's looks to be average at best, and so Cousins is going to be harassed all game.

Also, UM got really lucky last week that ND didn't find a way to convert a couple of their chances.  They are playing much better this week, and it shows.


September 17th, 2011 at 7:02 PM ^

Notre Dame says "please Dantonio, take this game!  WE DONT WANT IT!!"  Michigan State says "Oh, please sir, I disagree, please, take this game right back!"


In other news, SDSU is losing to Washington State 10-7.

Waters Demos

September 17th, 2011 at 7:11 PM ^

I feel good for user Irish.  Congrats to him.  If it had to be my team that put his team on track, I can feel good about that. 

ND was clearly more talented than an overrated MSU team; ND deserved to win, and even overcame their signature mistakes, which was probably most impressive.  I don't think 9-3 is unrealistic for this ND team. 

Have to question Dantonio's judgment with the fake field goal (???!!!) and the decision to punt with 4 min left (he could not have planned for ND to drop the ball).  Coaching left a lot to be desired today.  The only part that I really liked was his reaction to the failed fake field goal (a gentle, "it's alright" [to be contrasted with Kelly . . .]).

Good news is that perception of this MSU team will come into alignment with their true abilities.