Rose Bowl Open Thread

Submitted by MJ14 on January 1st, 2014 at 4:21 PM

The Granddaddy of them all! The 100th Rose Bowl. Number 4 Michigan State vs. Number 5 Stanford. Who are you guys taking in this game and why? I like Stanford so I wouldn't mind to see them win. I do think the perception of the Big Ten is somewhat important, but I also don't think the Big Ten being that great matters a whole lot. I'm cheering for neither team though. I am just hoping for a good quality game. 

The line favors Stanford by 5.5 points. Michigan State has the best defense in the country. Stanford has one of the best ground and pound teams in the country. 

F/+ Projection: Stanford 20, Michigan State 11
Win Probability: Stanford 73%

  Michigan St Stanford
Actual Score 0 0
Most Likely 13 17
Median 13 17
Mean 14.63 19.37
Win Probability 36% 64%




January 1st, 2014 at 6:41 PM ^

That's the difference with Dantonio - that sort of play under old Sparty regimes meant the end of Sparty for the day as they mentally implode.  These teams bounce right back like gumby.


January 1st, 2014 at 6:43 PM ^

They look strong, fast and agile. Execution gets a lot easier when you have a physical advantage.

Just disappointing to see UM lack the ability to play physical football. We won't play in the Rose Bowl until we have the same S&C results.


January 1st, 2014 at 6:50 PM ^

We are not super young everywhere - take out the interior of the OL and almost all starters  on UM are upperclassmen.  All except Ross and Countess and one DE that start were upperclassmen on D.  The backups are young, as are every team in America.   Go through the starters on defense - they are not freshman and sophomores.  Its a myth to make people feel better about the underachievement.  The starting RB was a sr, Gallon is a sr, both tackles are srs, our QB is an upperclassmen, etc.  Except for TEs and interior line on offense the team's starters had plenty of upperclassmen.


January 1st, 2014 at 6:56 PM ^

Well, the two main RBs are all freshmen, the second WR is a true sophomore, the main TE is a true freshmen. On defense, Gedeon was a true frosh, Ross a sophomore, and major contributors at corner were either true or RS freshmen. This wasn't the youngest team in the world, but it was laden with veterans.


January 1st, 2014 at 6:51 PM ^

Ben Gedeon - true freshman - looks (is) bigger than all our LBs outside of Ryan.  That says a lot.  He looked bigger than Cam, than Beyer, than Morgan, and of course Ross who is built smaller. 


January 1st, 2014 at 6:47 PM ^

The halftime box score for this game....





1st Downs 6 13
3rd down efficiency
33.33% 40.00%
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Yards 168 229
Passing 66 198
6 of 11 15 of 23
Yards per pass
6 8.6
Rushing 102 31
Rushing Attempts
15 15
Yards per rush
6.8 2.1
Points Per Play 0.65 0.37
Yards Per Play 6.46 5.21
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
0 1



January 1st, 2014 at 6:48 PM ^

Langford's stats just before the half were 9 carries for 36 yards, good for 3.2 YPC. Is it sad that I saw that and thought, "what a monster half for a tailback?"


January 1st, 2014 at 7:07 PM ^

It's nice how MSU's return man doesn't try to return those knockoffs halfway into the end zone. Are you paying attention, Norfleet????