Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thoughts pregame, Michigan, Michigan State

The wind is extremely strong. Can't be emphasized enough. It will be the major factor in this game. Which quarterback does it benefit? The one that's ahead in the game - and maybe Michigan's Denard Robinson. He is capable of beating Michigan State with his legs, not just his arm. Michigan State's Kirk Cousins is more about managing the Spartans' offense.

- The cliche is true. Any football game starts upfront. But it's especially true in this one. Michigan State's defensive line is the deepest, strongest position unit for either team. Michigan's offensive line is OK. Conversely, Michigan has a good defensive line and MSU's offensive line is a weakness.

- The Spartans have had two weeks to prepare for this game. Could be a huge edge.

- The Spartans "Pro Combat" uniforms look terrific. Great idea to break them out today.

My prediction: Michigan 28, Michigan State 24.


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