- Hawkeye Sports News gives us their take on the Spartan football team and provides a statistical comparision between MSU and Iowa. On offense, the Hawkeyes look a lot like us: run-heavy. On defense, they look quite a bit better–albeit against weaker opposition.
- Big Ten Country says this is a must-win game for both teams.
- The Rivalry Esq. says Brian Hoyer is just the 8th best quarterback in the conference at the moment.
- Whatever one might think about what Tony Mandarich did as a player at MSU, he certainly seems to be going about the steroid-revelation thing in the right manner–a far cry from pulling a Jose Conseco. It’s encouraging to read about someone who appears to have learned from his mistakes and matured as a human being in the process.
Iowa comes in at 3-2, having narrowly lost their last two games to Pitt and Northwestern. Sagarin says MSU by 9. The FEI forecast says MSU 26 Iowa 21. The latter prediction seems more on-target to me than the former.
Game time is noon on ESPN2. I’ll be viewing this game in person with my Dad and two sons in a three-generation male-bonding experience. Feel free to post your thoughts before, during, and/or after the game below.