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Monday, October 05, 2009

Michigan State Spartans favored by 4 at Illinois

The early line out of LSVC in Las Vegas is that your Michigan State Spartan gridders are a 4-point favorite at woeful Illinois this weekend. Iowa is favored by a TD at home over scUM. Ohio State is favored by 16 at home over Wisky. Minny is favored by 4.5 at home over Purdue. Northwestern is favored by 23 at home over Miami-Ohio. Indiana is a 6.5-point underdog at Virginia.

Oh yes, maybe after Michigan State's resounding victory at home over scUM, where we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat -- despite pounding the little yellow men all day -- is clearly the dawn of a new era. No, these ain't yer Same Old Spartans. Time to continue the momentum this weekend against an Illinois team running a similar offense as scUM. It was nice to see the Spartan defense dominate the line of scrimmage (such as holding scUM to under 30 yards rushing is a nice feat), and also nice to see very solid play at QB from Keith Nichol and the Spartan offensive line. The most complete effort of the season for the Big Green vs. scUM in a game they HAD to win.

The AP axed scUM from its Top 25 this week:

1Florida (54)4-01486
2Texas (1)4-01416
3Alabama (5)5-01404
5Virginia Tech4-11200
6Boise State5-01185
9Ohio State4-1994
11Miami (FL)3-1931
14Penn State4-1564
15Oklahoma State3-1563
18Brigham Young4-1403
22Georgia Tech4-1311
23South Florida5-0238
25South Carolina4-1200

Dropped from rankings: Houston 12, Georgia 18, Michigan 22, California 24

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 157, Houston 142, Georgia 115, Stanford 50, Utah 31, Michigan 25, Boston College 12, Notre Dame 9, Pittsburgh 3, Arizona 2, West Virginia 2,

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