Sunday, October 04, 2015

MSU -17 fave at Rutgers

Michigan State is favored by 17 at Rutgers. This will be fun! Jeff Sagarin has moved Michigan State down to #34 in the country, while Rutgers is at #89.

Five things we learned from Michigan State vs Purdue

Five things we learned about the Spartans' in its 24-21 yawner over Purdon't:

1.  The Spartans dropped in the polls, to #4, lost all the first place votes... and justifiably so.  This was a team that made mistakes on offense, on defense, on special teams, and poor coaching... against a Purdue team many feel is the worst in the Big Ten.  

2. Michigan State really struggled to complete drives in the second half.  Its possessions included:

7 plays, 14 yards, 4:27, punter drops long snap.
9 plays, 57 yards, 5:02, missed chip shot FG.
8 plays, 65 yards. 4:11, FG.
6 plays, 19 yards, 3:41, punt. 

Not good.  This team needed to finish plays.  Blame the coaches for some of this.  The weather turned NASTY to 40-degrees sleet and coach D started punting from midfield (why?) and setting up field goals on 4th and short.  EVERYONE WHO WAS LEFT in the stadium was yelling NO!!!!!  because we could feel our own soaked shorts freeze.  Just run the ball in bad weather.  The FG miss by Geiger was as much a victim of bad weather than bad kicking.  Punter Jake Hartbarger having the snap sail through his hands was stupid in the sleet and wind. Blown opportunities. 

3.  Andy Provenzano and The Weather Channel were way off their predictions of when the bad weather was to arrive.  The weather gods decided to piss ice on Spartan Stadium 5 hours earlier than Andy and his boys predicted.  It spoiled an OK-weather day for Homecoming.  About the worst weather in the 25 years the ES has spent in Spartan Stadium.  And, yes, the ES left in the middle of the 4th quarter because he was unprepared and soaked to the bone in frozen wetness.  

4.  LJ Scott is the real deal.  If there was a player of the game for MSU, it was LJ Scott at RB.  He amassed 146 yards on 18 carries (8.1 ypc) and had an incredible 30-yd TD run through busted tacks and keeping his balance.  

5.  Injuries continue to mount.  In the sleet and hail, sophomore Dennis Finley at LT broke his leg in two places.  There was certainly concern from us in the stands, we were shivering in the stands but really worried about the dude's injury as he was carted off the field. As stated via "MSU made arrangements to shore up its depleted line by moving All-America center Jack Allen to left tackle, switching his younger brother, Brian, from left guard to center and putting red-shirt freshman David Beedle in at left guard. Brandon Clemons and Miguel Machado also filled in."  We need to heal Jack Conklin and Kodi Keiler... BAD.

Friday, October 02, 2015

ES Preview from the Peanut Barrel: Michigan State vs Purdue

#2 Michigan State vs. Purdue

Sagarin Ratings:  MSU #28, Purdue #107

Saturday, October 3, 2015.  12 pm ET.
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Weather: 55 degrees, cloudy, windy

Line:  MSU favored by 22


Predictions:  April 38-6, ES 31-14

Friday, September 25, 2015

ES Preview from the Peanut Barrel: Michigan State vs Central Michigan

#2 Michigan State vs. Central Michigan

Sagarin Ratings:  MSU #24, Central Michigan #104

Saturday, September 26, 2015.  12 pm ET.
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Weather: 71 degrees, cloudy

Line:  MSU favored by 28


The ES is again with April Jones at the Peanut Barrel to discuss the intra-state matchup between #2 MSU and the CMU Chippewas. The pair also have several interviews, walk through north campus and down Grand River, and discuss the ugly game vs Air Force.  Big Ten matchups are also included!  Enjoy this gem!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

MSU ranked #2 in AP Poll. Dear God.

We are #2 in the country.  OMG.  We rock. I'm in dreamland.
Poll Release: Sep 20
(###) Number of first place votes
1Ohio State (42)3-01,4901
2Michigan State (7)3-01,4154
3Mississippi (11)3-01,34515
6Notre Dame3-01,1838
8LSU (1)2-01,08813
10Florida State3-09539
14Texas A&M3-079817
20Georgia Tech2-135214
22Brigham Young2-117419
24Oklahoma State3-014925

MSU ranked #3 by coaches

Michigan State moves up to #3 in the coach's poll.  One of the greatest games I've ever seen was watching Nick $aban crash and burn at home in Tuscaloosa as Ole Miss kicked his Alabama ass.  That was one of the greatest performances I've ever seen, and I laughed all night long.

Issue here - MSU and Ole Miss have had quality competition.  Noone else has.  Should be MSU#1, Ole Miss #2.

Coaches Poll
1Ohio State(61)3-01594
3Michigan State(3)3-014771
5Ole Miss3-012926
7Florida State3-011191
8Notre Dame3-011092
15Texas A&M3-07453
20Georgia Tech2-13384
22Oklahoma State3-02423
Dropped from rankings: BYU 22
Others receiving votes: West Virginia 75, BYU 74, Miami (FL) 58, Tennessee 49, Kansas State 47, Mississippi State 46, Texas Tech 36, Arizona State 31, Florida 24, California 20, NC State 15, Temple 15, Iowa 13, Memphis 8, Boise State 8, Minnesota 6, Virginia Tech 4, Houston 4, Northern Illinois 3, Toledo 2, Boston College 1