Michigan Hate week. And well, that's awesome.
What else is awesome? After what can only be termed as shitting the bed against
Purdue possible the worst team in the BCS Conner Cook spent a week in self-reflection, self-study and eating his Wheaties and came out on Saturday and completely ruined the Illinois homecoming (which is fine, winning on Homecoming is a nice thing and we all know that's not allowed for the Illini).
Then came the rankings Sunday night:
BCS: U-of-M 21 MSU 22
AP: U-of-M 23 MSU 24
Harris Harris U-of-M 21 MSU 23
Coaches Poll: U-of-M 21 MSU 24
A trip around the local sports pages was mostly even handed. MSU's defense is stifling but which Cook will show up? U-of-M's offense is explosive, but sometimes it explodes in the backfield and burns everyone involved. Personally I don't think MSU's ground game is getting enough credit here and that people are over estimating U-of-M's defense but time will tell.
Really good piece here from a U-of-M writer at M-Live outlines some really good match-ups.
My 2 cents? Find a way to shut down Gallon and Funchess could be a match-up problem, especially w/ J. Jones out. Best way to shut them down is to pressure Gardner. If U-of-M was smart, and I think they are, they'll move the pocket a lot. Try and out maneuver the blitz packages and give Gardner some time to throw while also forcing MSU to play contain and not let him scamper down the sideline on QB runs.
I'll be headed up to the game with some Yooper friends from back home who will all be sporting Sunshine and Blue. Hope to show them a good time before & after the game and a just awful time during. Also this will be my first time attending an MSU home game at Spartan Stadium since my freshman year before I joined the army so anyone looking to host a few vagabond tailgaters made up of mostly civilized U-of-M fans shoot me a comment.
Pound, Green, Pound.
Fight Fight Go Team Fight