First, a few basketball links:
- Eric Lacy reports that Athlon has MSU ranked #14 in their preseason magazine.
- Tom Herzog talks about the student part of being a student-athlete. He’s an applied engineering sciences major. (Hat tip: Spartan Sports Page.)
- 24 hours straight (roughly) of basketball on the ESPN family of networks to tip-off the season! The Purdue men (likely) and the Iowa women will be the Big Ten representatives in the line-up of games on Tuesday, November 18.
- A superb discovery on the NCAA home page by Eleven Warriors.
Now to the football stuff:
Ringer already has 143 carries, 30 more than any other FBS back. If Michigan State reaches a bowl game and Ringer maintains his current pace (35.75 cpg), he would finish the season with 464.75 carries, surpassing the FBS single-season record of 450 set by Central Florida’s Kevin Smith last season. Smith, who played in 14 games, broke Marcus Allen’s 26-year-old record for single-season carries (403) and became the first back to eclipse 400 carries in a season since Iowa State’s Troy Davis in 1996.
- Update (forgot this one earlier): On the other hand, those carries are allowing him to rack up numbers comparable to past Heisman winners. From Patrick Hayes of “It’s Just Sports” on Mlive.com.
- G0EL says the Michigan State football team is a cement truck. Also, Pete is an Enrique Iglesias fan. My “embarrassing guilty pleasure music selection”: Jesse, paint your pictures . . .
- Joe Rexrode says Indiana’s new hurry-up offense will probably force MSU into its nickle package.
- The Hoosier Report runs down the “carnage” in the IU secondary. Is this Brian Hoyer’s break-out week?
- Terry Hutchens of the IndyStar says this game may be a “must-win” for IU, coming off their loss to Ball State. Questions the quality of MSU’s schedule to date. I think beating Notre Dame by 16 trumps losing to Ball State by 22 (Sagarin has Notre Dame and Ball State ranked back to back at 53/54, BTW.)
Coffee Talk: Which of those projected point spreads looks more accurate to you? Does MSU grind out another win? Or does the offense put up big numbers this week? Or do we have to consider the possibility that Kellen Lewis (331 rushing yards in three games; 9.5 yards/carry) finds a way to carry his team to the upset?