ES MSU Spartan Preview 2022 - 22nd Annual Preview The Enlightened Spartan: ES MSU Spartan Preview 2022 - 22nd Annual Preview

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

ES MSU Spartan Preview 2022 - 22nd Annual Preview

Spartan Fans - it’s been, yes, 22 years of Enlightened Spartan previews of our Michigan State Spartan gridders - among the oldest of all the college football blog previews in the nation.  From 2001-2022, the ES & friends have provided their predictions not from the sidelines, nor the press box… but from the upper deck of Spartan Stadium!

The Spartans return one helluva dynamic offense, and the addition of Broussard and Berger at RBs to replace Kenneth Walker might just work out.  On the defensive side of the ball, it couldn’t get any worse than last year, with the nation’s worst pass defense on an 11-2 team.  And, we no longer have the unpredictable million-year-senior red-headed stepchild at PK. 

Our first stint is Friday night against Western Michigan, under the lights at 7 pm.  The ES will have that game day preview on Friday.  Another notable game is the away game at UW Huskies.  The ES will be attending that game - his parents live in the Seattle area.  Not sure about a potential upset for 2022 - it could be at Maryland, or at Illinois.  The ES is picking 10 wins from the outset, but wouldn’t be surprised if there was another loss somewhere (home vs Wisky, away at scUM?)... the ES sees a minimum of 8-4 record and an upside of 10-2 regular season.  

ES Sez:  10-2 overall, 7-2 in the Big Ten



ES Predicts

Sep. 2


W, 32-21

Sep. 10


W, 52-10

Sep. 17

at Washington

W, 27-21

Sep. 24


W, 24-14

Oct. 1

at Maryland

W, 38-30

Oct. 8


L, 21-40

Oct. 15


W, 32-30

Oct. 29

at Michigan

W, 28-27

Nov. 5

at Illinois

W, 35-21

Nov. 12


W, 32-17

Nov. 19


W, 28-20

Nov. 26

at Penn St

L, 20-31

Other prognostications... Here are the questions:

1.  How many wins for MSU overall (of 12 games)?

2.  What will be the B1G standings for the Spartoonies at the end of the year?

3.  Can you project a bowl game (and opponent)?

4. What will be the biggest surprise for the Big Green TD Machine in 2022?

5.  Any other thoughts you'd like to add about Green and White in 2022?

  • Australian Paul:  12-0
  • RGM3: 1. Overall Record: 9-3 2. B1G Record: 6-3 (3rd) 3. Citrus Bowl v South Carolina 4. Breakout Star: Keon Coleman WR 5. Go Green!
  • SF Carter: I see a very bright future for MSU football via the recruitment crystal ball. I believe Mel will have a very good season and finish 10-2, second in the East. Not sure about a Bowl Game, but hopefully it will be out west. The surprise: our running game will be better than we all imagined...but very difficult to imagine better than last year...if as good, we may even finish first in the East...but we have a very tough up-front schedule. Go Green! As well, they will win their bowl game and finish 11-2!
  • SF Smig: Mediocrities Smignostications are below. 1. 9-3 2. Second in east. 3. We will play Auburn on New Year’s Eve. In the Midas muffler Bowl. 4. Biggest surprise is that our defense will actually improve on third and long.
  • Pittsburgh Sloth: I only predict that, after this year, MSU is on a fast track to seriously contending for a Natty in the next 4-6 years, or else we find ourselves wondering where it all went wrong.
  • Pontiac Keith: Wow...... just wow..... such unfounded optimism!!!! 'll say 8-4. Big ten is no pushover.....
  • Detroit Kelly Mc: I’m thinking 9-3 and RB Collins will have a breakout year.