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In Search Of A Rivalry–Michigan vs MSU Game Thread
Oct 20th, 2018 by Kindle

There is something different in the air this week. Perhaps it is the cold wind sweeping along the Great Lakes region, bringing freezing temperatures and the depths of fall with it. But there are other forces at work here.

If you have turned up your heater or rewatched Jalen Watts-Jackson run a botched punt into the end zone this week, perhaps you re ready to watch this annual confrontation that MSU has owned in recent years.  (Coach Mark Dantonio is 8-3 versus M, while Michigan has shuffled from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke to Jim Harbaugh.)

Fast facts

Matchup: Michigan (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) at Michigan State (4-2, 2-1).

When: Noon, Saturday.

Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.

TV/radio: FOX; WJR-AM (760), WWJ-AM (950), WTKA-AM (1050).

Line: Wolverines by 7.

WEATHER: Wet.  Windy.

MSU wearing all green today

Injury report

Michigan

Out: P Brad Robbins, DB Benjamin St-Juste, DE Luiji Vilain. Questionable: DE Rashan Gary, WR Tarik Black.

Michigan State

Out: P Jake Hartbarger, CB Tyson Smith. Doubtful: LG David Beedle, WR Cody White, CB Josiah Scott. Questionable: WR Darrell Stewart Jr., WR Cam Chambers, WR Felton Davis III, WR Brandon Sowards, WR Jalen Nailor, RB LJ Scott, RG Kevin Jarvis, CB Josh Butler, DE Dillon Alexander, DT Mufi Hill-Hunt, TE Noah Davis, LB Ed Warriner, LB Chase Kline, OL James Ohonba. Probable: FB Collin Lucas.

Quote Of The Week:

MSU’s Joe Bachie:  “I hate losing more than I like winning!”

In Uniform:

LJ Scott

Twitter:

Players share pre-game trash talk of field prior to today’s game.

VIDEO: Michigan, MSU players in pregame confrontation via

Michigan says it was told MSU was going to do its walk at 9:50 am. UM players believed they were allowed to take the field at 10 am. Walk was, per U-M’s understanding, late. No one asked them to leave the field apparently.

Michigan knew MSU was going to do its walk. Happens every game. Also saw them coming out of the tunnel. No one moved.

  My video of the Michigan incident was shot at 10:02 a.m. MSU was supposed to be on the field at 9:50, but Michigan players already were on the field when I arrived around that time.

Chris Solari~~Michigan RB Karan Higdon was barking at MSU players the entire time as they went back to the locker room. A referee was stationed between him and the roped-off Spartans.

Dantonio says MSU changed players’ numbers during practice this week “just in case anyone was watching. They were jumbled up.”

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In our lifetimes there have been many great memories for MSU fans.  Win or lose today, we are likely to have another memory of a lifetime.

MSU will beat UofM in football on Saturday – It is Written! And Your Prediction?
Oct 18th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

There is certifiable evidence to support the line of thinking that MSU downs UofM in football this Saturday.  What say you, is the evidence?

15 people who are reputed to be experts in college football say UofM wins.  And the 15 people?  ESPN College Football Experts – all of them.  Each and every one of them says MSU is going down on Saturday.  My counter to-the-ruling mob inclination, plus strong dislike of ESPN Being Homers Conspiracy leads me to believe just the opposite.

ESPN Experts prediction [here].

So what do you think?  Give me a prediction, give us a prediction.  Be on the record about the score of the game.  Who is going to win?

Rivalry Week: The University of Michigan
Oct 14th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The countdown to Saturday’s game begins.  A picture is worth 1,000 words. Thoughts?

The Inevitability of A Crash Landing?
Oct 13th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The Spartans of Michigan State University travel to Happy Valley to take on the Nitany Lions of Pennsylvania State University at University Park in american college football.  This University Park campus is one of 24 for PSU.  A satellite campus at the home of Jersey John is scheduled  to open on Christmas Day 2018, delivered by Santa.

# NA MSU (3-2) takes on #8 PSU in a game that [in August] most thought would likely have huge B1G and CFP Championship implications. On this 13th day of October, many TUS members have openly stated they might record the game and watch in its entirety if the early score remains somewhat close.

So what say you?  Is the Spartan Football 2018 Balloon Trip about to crash [hard] in Beaver Stadium or can MSU turn things around with a stirring victor?

As of today the Spartans are 13.5 point underdogs.

Sources tell me that L.J. Scott has returned to receiving traffic violations and is casting a negative attitude in the locker room.  Any corroborating information?

 

Hey 3-9 Here’s Looking at You?
Oct 7th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Like it or not the 2018 MSU Football team is not even close to the one we expected.  The media hype including profile stories about this squad potentially being the best at ‘xxx’ in MSU history had many drinking the Koolaid.

Well… it appears after five games this Spartan squad does not possess any aspect that is the best in MSU or even the Dantonio era.  Perhaps kicker Matt Coughlin is exception.  Coughlin is spirited, tough, reliable and thrives under pressure.  However MSU has a long list of superb kickers.  The defense against the run is another possible exception.  It is superb.

Looking at the remaining schedule it is quite possible MSU does not win another game.  That is a rather remarkable statement to make given where all the experts had us pegged in August.

Can MSU turn-around the season?  Sure they can.  Is it likely?  No and here is why:

  1. The performance of players in positions key to creating success has been surprisingly bad. We know all too well about the Offensive Line and Defensive Secondary. So look to other examples. The performance at Tight End by Matt Sokol and Matt Dotson has been somewhat comical. The performance in this position is often MSU’s secret weapon and the difference maker in the Red Zone and 3rd and short.  Neither are particularly good blockers.  From a major college perspective they have little to no agility, poor pass receiving skills, poor footwork, and virtually no awareness of field position. Go back and look at the last drives in the game.  Dotson caught a ball on first down with enough open field to get the next 1st down by putting his head down and getting tackled as he progressed – and thereby stopping the clock.  Instead Dotson ran out of bounds short of the flag, leading to a 2nd and 1 with the clock continuing to run.  Why does that happen?  The players has no guts?  He has not been taught to do what it takes to get the first down and stop the clock?  Or his he inept?  As for Sokol.  It hurts to watch him play.  How many times have we seen him stumbling bumbling his way trying to get in position to catch a pass from Lewerke?  Sokol should be leading the way for Lewerke to the reception point, not stumbling backwards.  On the last series at the goal line, he caught the ball and fell down going for the TD.  And do not give me the wet field excuse.  This program spends an extraordinary amount on footwear for every field condition imaginable.
  2. The MSU playbook and general scheme is exacting of players, and possesses little flexibility.  If MSU has the type of players to successfully execute the plan it wins regularly; especially in the close games.  If MSU does not possess the right type of players or the players do not execute, MSU football is a .500ish squad.  And because MSU is not a program that deviates widely from plan – in an attempt to adapt – it is presently a .333 proposition squad.
  3. Dantonio and Staff are considered the Kings of taking decent talent and turning them into solid, if not superb college football players.  Based on the results of recent years, I would say the King title is no longer true, and has not been for some time.  This team returned 19 of 22 starters.  Many of the players who earned time on the 3-9 team, and started on last year’s 10-2 team do not look to have improved at all.  In many cases they look to have regressed.

This is not the time to throw out the Head Coach or anyone else in particular.  What we must understand is that coach Dantonio is excellent at the slow steady build and keeping it in place for a fair amount of time.  We cried for this condition with the roller-coaster era’s preceding his arrival.

Therefore it is nice to have someone of the stature and skill of Dantonio as our bedrock.  The problem is that when things do not work out, there is little to no chance of an in season adjustment let alone one that is materially successful.

Thoughts?

Homecoming! This notification for TUS is to let you know we are out of the office and in East Lansing!
Oct 6th, 2018 by JustABum

TUS chaperons MSUs pre-game walk to Spartan Stadium.

 

Hey, it’s homecoming ! If you have connectivity while tailgating or on the way to East Lansing, checkout the game on reddit, or listen to the Spartan Sports Network! If you are not attending the game, well there’s always WJR and a muted Foxsports 1.

The second game of the 2018 B1G season. MSU hosts the purple kitties as USMCret has dubbed Northwestern. Will weather play a role. Will injuries define today’s outcome? Does MSU play 60 minutes of good football? What do you think the final score will be?

GO GREEN!

 

Ryder Cup Route
Sep 30th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

 

Take a look at Phil in the picture above. He looks horrible does he not?  The only thing that looked worse on the last day of the Ryder Cup was his scorecard.  With Phil and Tiger going winless in their matches the U.S. was routed by the Europeans yet again.  Look at the graph above.  That appears to show the U.S. is 3 – 7 in the last 10 matches.  Ouch!

Sep 29th, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

So you are telling me there is a chance?  There is a chance CMU can beat MSU in football in East Lansing on September 29th, 2018?

Yes there is a chance!  The experts put it at about 2%.  Which is materially higher that Lloyd (Jim Carrey) had with Mary (Lauren Holly) in the 1994 movie Dumb and Dumber.  Mary gave Lloyd gave a 1,000,000 to 1 chance.  Ironically the two actors married later in real life (1996).  It ended after lasting one football season.

Do the CHIPS have a chance?

Also-ran trophy up for grabs for one team that cannot run and another than cannot stop the run
Sep 22nd, 2018 by Jeffrey Lubeck

 

The Old Brass Spittoon Trophy game has not had an iconic run as trophy’s go.  However, it will be played for again tonight as the Spartan football team takes on the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.

First played for in 1950, MSU controls the series (46-16-2).  The trophy was created by MSU staff who feared the Spartans  (8-1) would have a letdown after beating Notre Dame the week before.  An old Spittoon was found in a Lansing junk story, shined up and made into a trophy.

MSU (1-1 and ranked #24 in the land) plays its first game after a bye week and after losing as timed expired in the Wilting In The Desert Classic.  Nothing like losing a game at 2:21 AM Eastern time after playing 4 hours in 100+ heat.  Indiana is 3-0 to start the season.  The Hoosiers record seems somewhat impressive.  That is until you take a moment to consider the quality of Florida Atlantic, Virginia, and Ball State.

One interesting aspect of the game is that the numbers suggest MSU cannot run the ball very effectively, while the Hoosiers cannot seem to stop the run very effectively.  Will this aspect have any impact on tonight’s game?

BYE Week
Sep 14th, 2018 by Ghost Of Biggie

The question as we head into the weekend is, Can MSU beat BYE.

They are said to be a very elusive opponent, almost ghostlike. Picking up who to block for offensive lineman is a study of indecision  when the defenders are ephemeral. Their lack of substance makes BYE very quick, also making them near impossible for our defense to tackle. The one bright spot is we should be able to use brute force to drive a wedge downfield on kickoff and punt returns. Were it not for their lack of depth BYE would be an odds on favorite to win the National Championship. They are significantly better than the Detroit Lions who are also ghostlike in their presence on the football field and in the coaching ranges.  Prediction. MSU ties BYE in 70 overtimes when the game is called as the weekend comes to an end.

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