Spartans ditch Rather Hall for the Alamo vs. Texas Tech The Enlightened Spartan: Spartans ditch Rather Hall for the Alamo vs. Texas Tech

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Spartans ditch Rather Hall for the Alamo vs. Texas Tech

Michigan State (6-6/4-4) will play Texas Tech (8-4/5-3) in the Alamo Bowl on January 2 at 9 pm EST. Michigan State ended up #57 by Jeff Sagarin. My guess is that Texas Tech will start out as an 8 or 9 point favorite.

How did Texas Tech do this year? They were 1-3 against ranked opponents, with their lone victory at #15 Nebraska, 31-10. Six times the Red Raiders scored more than 40 points. Only three times did they score less than 30. Yes, a Michigan State and its bleeding secondary without Chris L. Rucker and who knows who else has its hands full with the definition of the spread in TTU.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (#31 Sagarin):
9/05 North Dakota 1-0 (0-0) W 38-13
9/12 Rice 2-0 (0-0) W 55-10
9/19 @ No. 2 Texas 2-1 (0-1) L 34-24
9/26 @ No. 17 Houston 2-2 (0-1) L 29-28
10/03 New Mexico 3-2 (0-1) W 48-28
10/10 Kansas State 4-2 (1-1) W 66-14
10/17 @ No. 15 Nebraska 5-2 (2-1) W 31-10
10/24 Texas A&M 5-3 (2-2) L 52-30
10/31 Kansas 6-3 (3-2) W 42-21
11/14 @ No. 19 Oklahoma State 6-4 (3-3) L 24-17
11/21 Oklahoma 7-4 (4-3) W 41-13
11/28 vs. Baylor 8-4 (5-3) W 20-13

As for the Big Ten? Iowa did get the BCS bid, and correctly so as they defeated JoePa. The ES digs a majority of the matchups for the Big Ten, but MSU's stint vs TTU is the worst of the bunch. He ranks the Big Ten's chances in each game below.
  • Ohio State vs Oregon/Rose-BCS. Ohio State 2 of 5.
  • Iowa vs Ga Tech/Orange-BCS. Iowa 4 of 5.
  • Penn State vs. LSU/Capital One. Joe Pa 3 of 5.
  • Wisconsin vs. Miami-FL/Champs Sports. Wisky 3 of 5.
  • Northwestern vs Auburn/Outback. NW 2 of 5.
  • MSU vs Texas Tech/Alamo. MSU 1 of 5.
  • Minnesota vs Iowa State/Insight. Minnesota 3 of 5.
Here is the final AP regular season poll. Notable: Central Michigan cracked the poll at #25. And, TCU is bumming - if Texas doesn't make that last second kick or if Nebraska forces McCoy into running the ball for another second on the last play... then TCU goes to the BCS Title game. What pisses the ES off is how everyone is calling the BCS Championship as the "National Championship." Bullshit, call it what it is.

1Alabama (58)13-014982
2Texas (2)13-014253
6Boise State13-012376
8Ohio State10-210808
9Georgia Tech11-295212
11Penn State10-288310
12Virginia Tech9-386611
14Miami (FL)9-366017
15Brigham Young10-265816
16Oregon State8-452413
18West Virginia9-344724
21Oklahoma State9-334922
25Central Michigan11-264NR

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