Programming note: The Spartans Weblog clan is leaving for sunnier parts on Sunday, returning to Michigan the following Sunday. So posting will be light-to-nonexistent next week. I shall return, batteries recharged, ready to do some major tempo-free analysis of the basketball team’s opening exhibition tilt vs. Northern Michigan on Wednesday the 5th.
Links from enemy territory:
- MGoBlog, per usual, has the gold standard game preview. Based on the numbers, likes Michigan’s running offense to outperform MSU’s. Says “passing games seem like washes.” Displays my lovely MSU turnover margin graph. Predicts an MSU win, 24-20. Reverse jinx attempt?
- Varsity Blue, meanwhile, predicts a 28-20 win for the Maize and Blue. “The Michigan offense will reach a new season high in terms of total yardage.”
- Spawn of MZone knows more about our history than we do. Key trash talk line: “The fact is, since 1970 Michigan State has changed their helmet designs more times than they have beaten Michigan (11 helmet changes versus 8 victories).” Now that we’ve settled on the Spartan logo on the helmet (my preference), let the defeating of the Wolverines commence.
Final pregame note: One set of numbers we haven’t talked about are the career statistics of our senior quarterback: 57.1% completion percentage, 7.0 yards per pass attempt, 32-18 TD-Int ratio. If Brian Hoyer can just revert to the mean for one game, it will be a good day for the Green and White tomorrow. One way to make that happen might be to give him a couple first-down play action opportunities early.
Game time is 3:30 on ABC. Mrs. Spartans Weblog and I will be making our first foray into Michigan Stadium.