Fire up the grill, get the face paint ready, and prepare yourself to walk in the office wearing something embarrassing Monday, rivalry week is finally here. This week's Michigan St. vs. Michigan match-up will go down in the history books, putting both teams' future in jeopardy within the Big Ten and playoffs. This also is a historical match-up between two great coaches, which headlines Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh. The battle for recruits, bragging rights, and title of "Big Brother" lays between the lines of Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
The Spartans are 6-0 this year and No.7 in the nation, after squeaking out of some close games against unranked opponents. In return, Michigan St. have dropped five spots in the AP Polls due to these close wins and are looking to make a statement this weekend. On the other hand Michigan is sniffing the Spartan's backside (as usual), standing at No.12 in the AP Polls hoping to shut out the Spartans. The Wolverines' defense has stonewalled their last three opponents, not allowing them to score any points. Harbaugh's offense has got on the right track as they average 189 yards in the air and over 200 on the ground. The Spartans will have to cool down the Wolverines' hot streak as they work on heating up their own. Our staff game predictions have taken a turn for the worse, our staff has been split down the middle this week and some people will not be forgiven. Due to rivalry week, we have given not only our score but also a bold prediction from each writer. As you can see this is not a happy home:
Matt McIntyre: MSU has more rushing yards but still loses
Mark Niemi: Self explanatory
Blake Baumgartner: I don't have a bold prediction. The fact I'm actually picking Michigan is bold because I didn't think I'd be doing it at the beginning of the year. Thought 10-0 v. 10-0 in Columbus Nov. 21 was a fate accompli. Not anymore.
Mark Laming: MSU Special teams coughs up 2 TDs
Zach Libby: Mark Hollis pays for a skywriter to etch "Go Green" in the skies of Ann Arbor before kickoff, sparking a Michigan win.
Joe Tuohey: MSU special teams are a positive
Austin Smith: Arjen Colquhoun builds off his big pass break up against Rutgers and intercepts Jake Rudock twice, including a the game-winning pick-six.
Joshua Moon: I think we get stomped
Jeremy Dewar: Prediction is that LJ Scott gets over 120 yards and 2 TDs.
David Hughes: Malik McDowell makes Michigan fans despise him even more with a sack on 4th down to seal it.
Chris Vannini: Prediction that U-M hit at least one pass of over 40 yards.
Dan Baker: Both defenses score.
Trajuan Briggs: Connor Cook explodes and torches Michigan's secondary, while the Spartans' front seven makes key third down stops.