ES Game Day: Michigan State at Central Michigan The Enlightened Spartan: ES Game Day: Michigan State at Central Michigan

Friday, September 07, 2012

ES Game Day: Michigan State at Central Michigan

#11 MSU Spartans (1-0) at Central Michigan Chippewas (1-0)
September 7, 2012. 3:30 pm
Weather @ kickoff: 65 degrees, sunny, windy (17 MPH)
Line: MSU by 21

Jeff Sagarin has the Spartans ranked #22 (and Boise ranked #6???) and the Chippewas ranked #121; according to Sagarin, MSU should win by 18 in Mt. Pleasant. The ES has an abbreviated Game Day, as he is tied up through the weekend -- and actually cannot go to this exciting matchup. But, the ES took a couple of pics of Kelly/Shorts Stadium, which added 3,500 seats for their "big game." Look at the shots below. That said, some previews:

ES Prediction: ES thinks that CMU will get into the end zone... once; and so will the Spartan defense. It's tough to think that a Spartan team holding a good, ranked Boise to 13 points will allow that many against CMU; and that a CMU team giving up 27 to SE Missouri St will allow less than 30 by the Spartans. CMU does have the better quarterback... but that's about it.

ES sez: Make it MSU 38, CMU 10.


Other interesting notes include: 1) the Spartans' plan to add an $18 million addition to the north end zone of Spartan Stadium, just a year after adding $10 million in scoreboards and reconstructing the area. It is amazing what winning will do, just plowing more money into football, even though Munn Ice Arena needs a minimum $15 million in mandatory renovations to the ice rink (federal law regarding large freon units). And, 2) former Spartan coach John L Smith has filed for bankruptcy.

Kelly/Shorts Stadium - click on photos to zoom in.