Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Michigan State ended the Boilermakers' resurgence last year and snuffed out the flickering bowl hopes, though the 40-37 loss shows that the Boilers were quite close to overcoming a 1-5 start to make a bowl game. Let's hope the team remembers this and takes some grumpiness into East Lansing with them.
I have no idea how to handicap this one -- I thought MSU would be a lot better than they were last year. So I'm through trying to predict their outcomes. This year's game is on the road in front of a likely rowdy Spartan crowd. While they don't get much credit for being a tough road venue, the Spartan fans and students can make that place somewhat intimidating. Especially if this winds up being a night game in one of those cold November rains in Michigan. It will again be a late-season game that will likely heavily impact one or both teams' bowl positioning.