Those chrome helmets, eh?
They actually grew on me as the game went on, and the sun went down. They do look a lot better in pictures than in motion. I'd love to see them again in a bowl — if MSU gets there.
Anywayyyyyyy, what's there to say about the 12-10 loss at Michigan that hasn't already been said after the other two Big Ten losses? MSU is 1-3 in the conference, with the three losses by a total of six points. The offense has scored 16, 13 and 10 points in regulation in those games, while the defense allowed 17, 13 and 12 points in those games and not getting the key stop late when MSU had the lead.
I picked a 21-10 U-M win. You can't fault the effort of the Spartans. They threw the kitchen sink at the Wolverines and just came up short. You can point to a missed field goal or some playcalling, but remember, Denard Robinson missed a short, wide-open touchdown, and MSU was lucky to recover two fumbles inside its own 20. So the breaks went both ways. U-M just made the extra play or two late to get the win.
As Mark Dantonio said after, I can live with how MSU played. For the reasons I listed in my pregame column, I wasn't even very upset about the loss. It was more about the not winning, if that makes sense. The awesome fake punt and the helmets might be lost to history now, but they were both pretty darn cool. Denard Robinson is a stand-up kid. He still went 1-2 vs. MSU as the starter, anyway. He can have a win.
Looking back at my keys to the game: