Saturday, November 12, 2005

Enough is Enough Already

I am so sick and tired of hearing about Michigan State's success against Top 10 teams already and the game week hasn't even started yet. Enough already. The Spartans got smoked by a Minnesota team today that PSU defeated by 30. Their confidence is destroyed. Spartan fans have turned their attention to basketball season. They dont' care anymore. Half of the fans that bother to show up next Saturday may be in Blue and White.

Here's hard proof if that isn't enough. Two of the three times that Michigan State has beaten Penn State, the Spartans won their previous game. The only time, 2003, was against the worst Penn State to ever take the field under Joe Paterno. So against ranked PSU teams, MSU has never beaten the Nittany Lions after losing their previous game. 1997, 1999 and 2003 were all played in East Lansing.

1997:
Michigan State defeated Illinois 27-17
Won 49-14 over Penn State

1999:
Michigan State defeated Northwestern 34-0
Won 35-28 over Penn State

2003:
Michigan State lost Wisconsin 56-21
Won 41-10 over Penn State

Penn State one the best football teams in the country. Michigan State is below average. They folded up against Purdue and Minnesota. Why would you expect them to show up now? This Penn State team is focused on one thing- winning the Big Ten. A win against Michigan State gives Penn State at least a share of the Big Ten title (can earn it outright if Michigan beats Ohio State) and the Big Ten's BCS bid. This team has come to far to surrender it to a lousy Michigan State team. I expect the Spartans to give Penn State a game but they don't have enough left to win.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005  
Blogger fun160 said...

Here's what gives me pause. Check out these parallels for Michigan State:

1997: Started 5-0.
2005: Started 4-0.

1997: Won at Notre Dame 23-7.
2005: Won at Notre Dame 44-41.

1997: Reached 11th in AP poll.
2005: Reached 11th in AP poll.

1997: Lost four of five before Penn State game.
2005: Lost five of six before Penn State game.

1997: Lost to Michigan and The Ohio State in consecutive games.
2005: Lost to Michigan and The Ohio State in consecutive games.

1997: Hosted PSU at Spartan Stadium.
2005: Hosting PSU at Spartan Stadium.

1997: Penn State came into the MSU game 9-1 and ranked 4th.
2005: Penn State comes in the MSU game 9-1 and ranked 5th.

1997: Michigan State 49 Penn State 14
2005: ???

This will be my first trip to East Lansing. Here's hoping it's not déjà vu all over again!

Sunday, November 13, 2005  

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