Friday, July 31, 2015
The Ducks, the national runners-up, are ranked a spot ahead of Michigan State. They are our season-opener, and we'll be ready. Should be a fun game - the best non-conference game in the country for the preseason. It's an 8 pm, ABC, prime-time game. Weather should be great. Can't wait. A win, and we bump up a spot.
There are no other teams on our schedule (look at top right of the ES site) that are ranked until we hit Ohio State in the c-c-c-cold, second to last game of the season. Nebraska has 27 preseason votes, and both Maryland and Michigan have 1 vote each. Da ES sees a trip to the Corn as having potential, but the Spartans have tamed the Corn (remember the frigid 27-22 win last year with a valiant but short comeback by the Corn?) the past two years and the distances between the programs this year are far greater. Maryland is irrelevant, and Harbone's Roadkill have been irrelevant for the better part of the past decade.
Shall the ES take a trip out to Columbus... methinks maybe, but the Buckeye faithful are mean and terrible fans. I think I'll boycott the Ohio State game; would love to come to Columbus, but not to be treated like a piece of shit.
The season finale, hosting Penn State - well, the Spartans have owned this series the past several meetings and should do so again... especially with a stake in the national playoff on the line after its victory over the Buckeyes. Many are predicting the Nittany Lions (20 nods in the poll) at 3rd in the division behind OSU and MSU - but far below those two. Thoughts?
Here's the complete coaches poll: