Who would have thought a few weeks ago that the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines would have been this far apart. Michigan comes into this game with a huge advantage. In fact, they are a ten point favorite in this game. A few weeks ago, Michigan State was favored by more than a field goal against a good Notre Dame team. But much has changed, and the Spartans have been exposed to some extent. At the same time, Michigan is playing some of its best football of the season. What should we make of this?
Michigan State has been exposed as a team with no passing game. The QB play has been suspect and the weapons are nonexistent. They are missing the Keyshawn Martin, B.J. Cunningham, and Kirk Cousins connection. Now, they just have a good tight end and a strong running game. Unfortunately for Sparty, that has not been enough to this point. Instead of shining, they have faltered against poor competition. State nearly lost to Eastern Michigan before dropping a game to Ohio State. They then struggled mightily with Indiana, nearly losing that game. Now they have to go on the road to face a hated rival.
The story has been different for Michigan. After losing early to Alabama and Notre Dame, the Wolverines have picked things up. They started a couple of weeks ago by thumping Purdue. Last week, Michigan took care of Illinois in impressive fashion. They appear to be putting their offense together and the defense has forced turnovers. Will the Wolverines be able to keep it going? Evidence suggests that Michigan State might be able to shut down Denard Robinson. Michigan still has enough firepower to win this game, though.
The Wolverines are ten point favorites for a reason. They are probably the better team at this point in the season. You should be very careful writing off the Spartans, though. Sparty ran to the Big Ten championship game last year. They came into this year with a lot of support from pundits. There is a good team lurking underneath, and the Spartans still have a very good coach. They might just put it together at some point in the season. If you are a Michigan fan, or a Michigan backer, you hope that this is not the week the Spartans finally clean up the mess.
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