It’s now been 36 days since the Michigan State football team last played a game. Since then:
- The MSU basketball team has played nine games.
- The Detroit Lions have played (and lost) six games.
- Barack Obama has announced 25 cabinet-level appointees and key advisors.
- Over two feet of snow has fallen and subsequently melted in the Lansing area.
This is one of the reasons I have a hard time becoming fanatical about college football. A bowl game feels less like the continuation of a season and more like some sort of offseason barnstorming exhibition to me.
Anyway, the MSU football team does in fact play a pretty important football game on Thursday against the Bulldogs of Georgia (1:00, ABC). I previously previewed the game, finding that a numbers-based perspective on the match-up is not terribly encouraging. Of the four offensive/defensive units that will take the field on Thursday, only the Georgia offense stands out as New Year’s Day-quality statistically speaking.
Coffee Talk: What’s your gut prediction on the outcome of the bowl game? Do the statistical indicators worry you? Or do you think this MSU team will defy the numbers and find a way to finally beat (or at least compete with) a top-15 team this season? If so, how do you see it playing out?
P.S. For what it’s worth, at least one Georgia blogger is sounding more and more confident as the game approaches. And the Bulldogs have a pretty good track record of getting the better of Big Ten teams in bowl games.