Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Spartans favored by 2 TD at Penn State

9-2/6-1 Michigan State, which moved up to #8 in the USA Today coaches poll but remained at #10 in the other polls, is favored by 13-1/2 points at 6-5/2-5 Penn State.  Those are 2 Jeremy Langford TDs... and, it is the only Big Ten game this weekend with the road team a fave.

The bookies on the Big Ten slate:

MSU (-13) at Penn State
Iowa (-1) vs Nebraska
Ohio State (-20) vs Michigan
Wisconsin (-14) vs Minnesota
Maryland (-8) vs Rutgers
Illinois (-8) vs Northwestern
Indiana (-2) vs Purdon't

USA Today Poll
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Alabama (25)10-11474
2Florida State (30)11-01462
3Oregon (6)10-11431
4Mississippi State10-11323
5TCU9-11259
6Baylor9-11242
7Ohio State10-11191
8Michigan State9-21052
9Georgia9-21002
10UCLA9-2963
11Kansas State8-2912
12Arizona9-2818
13Arizona State9-2783
14Wisconsin9-2758
15Georgia Tech9-2615
16Auburn8-3565
17Missouri9-2560
18Oklahoma8-3420
19Ole Miss8-3390
20Marshall11-0383
21Colorado State10-1304
22Minnesota8-3256
23Louisville8-3208
24Clemson8-3203
25Boise State9-285

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ES Game Day: Michigan State vs Rutgers

#10 Michigan State Spartans vs Rutgers
12 noon/BTN

Weather:  37 degrees and cloudy

Line:  MSU favored by 21

Senior day in East Lansing.  I see this as a game where the Big Green is going to blow Rutgers out of the water.  The MSU offense is the highest scoring in its history, and we still have two games to go.  This one will be a run away early.  Welcome to the B1G Ten, Rutgers...

Final score:  MSU 51, Rutgers 17.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Spartans in DC on Fri night: Head to Capitol Lounge for MSU-Loyola game

Hey, the ES is in Washington, DC, and will head on up to the Capitol Lounge (Capitol South stop on the blue/orange/silver metro lines) for tonight's 7 pm tipoff of our Big Green vs Loyola.  '

Come on and join the crowd!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Spartans favored to whip Rutgers by 21

After dispatching Maryland yesterday, the Big Green Machine moved up to #9/#10 in the polls, and enters its final two contests against the bottom-feeders of the Big Ten East: Rutgers and Penn State.

Michigan State is favored by a measly three TDs over New Jersey State University.  In all Big Ten games this weekend, here are where the bookies stand:

MSU (-21) vs Rutgers
Nebraska (-10) vs Minnesota
Ohio State (-31 1/2) vs Indiana
Michigan (-4) vs Maryland
Northwestern (-3) at Purdon't
Penn State (-6 1/2) at Illinois
Wisconsin (-9) at Iowa

And... Western Michigan is favored by 1 at Central Michigan.  The winner has the shot at the MAC Championship Game.

Here is the latest polling:

USA Today Poll
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Florida State (39)10-01518
2Alabama (17)9-11494
3Oregon (6)9-11434
4Mississippi State9-11296
5TCU9-11279
6Baylor8-11272
7Ohio State9-11228
8Ole Miss8-21041
9Michigan State8-21030
10Georgia8-2981
11Kansas State7-2880
12UCLA8-2862
13Arizona8-2726
14Arizona State8-2721
15Wisconsin8-2715
16Georgia Tech9-2511
17Auburn7-3508
18Marshall10-0427
19Nebraska8-2409
20Missouri8-2406
21Utah7-3286
22Oklahoma7-3265
23Colorado State9-1259
24USC7-3132
25Duke8-2130

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today's Menu: Maryland Turtle Soup


#12 Michigan State Spartans (7-2, 4-1) at Maryland Terrapins (6-3, 3-2)
November 15, 2014.  8 pm ET.
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
Capacity: 51,802
ABC-TV

Line:  Spartans by 12

Weather:  35, no wind.

Sagarin Ratings: MSU #12, Maryland #40

Predictions & Previews: 

Baltimore Sun: Zenitz, MSU 40-20; Stubs, MSU 35-24; Cavanagh, MSU 49-20
Det News: Charboneau, MSU 44-24, Changelis, MSU 31-10; Wojo, MSU 37-20; Niyo, MSU 31-21
LSJ:  Couch, MSU 38-20; Rexrode, MSU 38-20; Solari, MSU 41-10; Calloway, MSU 42-24
CFN/Scout: MSU, 37-17
Odd Shark:  MSU 38.9-26.1

ES sez:

This is kinda a yawner; mind you, Maryland will be fired up for this game, even though its best offensive threat is out for the season.  Ouch if you are a Terp.  The Big Green is coming to DC, and should put a pretty good pounding to the newbies on the block.  Watch for a few fake plays out of the Big Green - we're due for a fake kick... and plenty of reverses.  Statistically, this is a bad matchup:

Maryland Offense vs MSU Defense: Advantage MSU. 

Maryland Pass Offense 228.6 ypg (#69) vs MSU Pass Defense 196.9 ypg (#23) 
Maryland Rush Offense 125.9 ypg (#103) vs MSU Rush Defense 114.6 ypg (#13)  

MSU Offense vs Maryland Defense:  Advantage MSU.

MSU Rush Offense 246.3 ypg (#91) vs Maryland Rush Defense 193.4 ypg (#96)
MSU Pass Offense 271.2 ypg (#34) vs Maryland Pass Defense 238.3 ypg (#81)

Not much more to see or to say on this one.  Michigan State 42, Maryland 17.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MSU drops to #12, favored by 12 at Maryland

Oh well,  Shit happens.

On the upside, Michigan State is favored by 12 at Maryland.  The Big Green moved down to #12 after their disappointing loss to Ohio State.

AP Top 25
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Mississippi State (48)9-01488
2Florida State (12)9-01446
3Oregon9-11334
4Alabama8-11326
5TCU8-11273
6Baylor8-11193
7Arizona State8-11142
8Ohio State8-11086
9Auburn7-2981
10Ole Miss8-2948
11Nebraska8-1830
12Michigan State7-2782
13Kansas State7-2742
14UCLA8-2691
15Notre Dame7-2630
16Georgia7-2622
17Arizona7-2471
18Clemson7-2457
19Duke8-1431
20LSU7-3429
21Marshall9-0297
22Wisconsin7-2225
23Colorado State9-1128
24Georgia Tech8-2127
25Utah6-387