TBHR Roundtable: Michigan at Michigan State

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No. 2 Michigan at Michigan State
The Big House Report (TBHR) staff makes game predictions for Michigan at Michigan State:
Derek Devine – @DerekWDevine
Michigan 30, Michigan State 10

I want Michigan to clobber Michigan State, adding insult to injury. I’m usually the exception to the Wolverines’ fans that Sparty nation hates, but not this week. I wish pure misery and defeat upon Spartan faithful. I’ve anxiously waited for an opportunity to watch Michigan blow by its bitter in-state rival. Last year was painful, and I’m desperate to see something beautiful.

What I wanted to predict: 52-10. To play it safe, I’m not.

However, Michigan could and should absolutely destroy the Spartan squad we have seen on the field in recent weeks. They look TERRIBLE. So bad, the worst. I’d be more worried about Central Michigan this weekend if there wasn’t such thing as “rivalry games.”

Simply put, sometimes weird things happen and the underdog wins. The underdog in this series has won 7-out-of-the-last-8 contests, because you know, Mark (Mike) Dantonio always convinces his Spartan Dawgs that they are underdawgs.

I’ll admit it, Michigan State has shredded Michigan in recent years. It’s been horrifying to watch as a fan. But the tables are seeming to turn, and this is the weekend Michigan takes the state back—potentially for a long, long time.

So I’m extremely sorry if I run around like a little kid on a playground when Michigan tops Michigan State this weekend.

Actually, no I’m not. I deserve it. We deserve it. Michigan deserves it.

Blessings.

Unless you’re a Spartan fan.

Kate Elizabeth Queram – @KateElizabethNR
Michigan 35, Michigan State 12
Objectively, I know this isn’t like before. Objectively, Michigan State isn’t good, and objectively, we are. I know this. You know this. Stats projections know this. ESPN knows this. Everybody knows this. And yet.
AND YET.
Anything can happen in a rivalry game. It’s a cliche and it’s obnoxious, but it’s true, especially in THIS rivalry game. I’d like to predict a blowout – both because it’s statistically likely and because REVENGE – but my superstitious side keeps reeling me back in. So I’ll keep my blowout score to myself and go with this one instead, in which we almost-but-not-quite cover the current spread but still send a message. And really, the score doesn’t matter much to me as long as the bigger number sits with Michigan, order is restored to the universe, and the Wolverine faithful can celebrate in Sparty Stadium the same way they celebrated in our house last year.
Go Blue. Beat State.
Von Lozon – @Von_Lozon
Michigan 38, Michigan State 21

In my opinion, 17 points is a good margin of victory against a rival you haven’t defeated on the road in what seems like 100 years.

I have anxiously been waiting for this matchup since last year’s tomfoolery of a game. Jim Harbaugh and the boys will be more than ready for their rematch against Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans, especially with MSU’s confidence being at an all-time low and UM’s, well…quite the opposite.

The key to this game will be how Wilton Speight attacks the Spartan defense. If they stick with what they’ve been doing all season — slowly attack and chip away at opposing defenses and occasionally taking some shots deep down the field — Michigan should have this wrapped up by halftime. But if Speight turns the ball over because of a guy like Malik McDowell or Riley Bullough, this will be closer than what Vegas has it at.

If all goes right on Saturday, Michigan will have defeated Michigan State for the first time since 2012, and everything will be restored in the galaxy yet again. I hope MSU fans are ready for basketball season.

Kullen Logsdon – @kullen_logsdon
Michigan 41, Michigan State 10

Here it is. The game we have all been waiting for. Since last October, Michigan fans have had to live with the memories of “He has trouble with the snap!” MSU has beaten the Wolverines seven of the last eight games and has straight up dominated the series since Rich Rodriguez took over after Mike Hart’s “little brother” comments.

But no more. Jim Harbaugh has this team rolling and is the player development is farther than almost anyone imagined. This defense may be the best in recent college football memory and the offense has been putting up points at will. On the other side, the Spartans are 2-5 and coming off five straight loses for the first time since 1993-94. There are not just the worst team Dantonio has coached, they are one of the worst teams in MSU history.

As hard as it is for me to imagine us dominating them given the recent history, Michigan is just too good for MSU this year and Harbaugh and the players are pissed after last year. I think the running game will be too much for the Spartans and the U-M defense will suffocate MSU every time they touch the ball.

This one is already over. Judging by the amount of MSU fans selling their tickets to Michigan fans, I’m guessing most agree with me.

Craig Compton – @CraigCompton_
Michigan 31, Michigan State 7

Here we go…it’s State week! Last year I was attending a wedding on the day of the State game. I was feeling very confident in Jim Harbaugh and the troops, so much so, that I even wore a maize and blue tie to the event. I sat quietly at my table, with the game streaming live on my iPhone, hidden behind the bread basket. It was the perfect night. I was surrounded by a ton of Spartan fans, and the Wolverines were about to take them down, and were going to be “back”. And then…

It’s a new year friends! Michigan comes in boasting a 7-0 record, currently ranked No. 2 in the country. Meanwhile, Michigan State has lost 5 straight, and have yet to notch a Big Ten win. This should be a blowout right? Eh….I have gone back and forth so much on this game. On paper it should be a blowout. In terms of college football rivalry history, it’ll be a nail bitter.

Ultimately, I think this game is going to come down to the offensive and defensive line play. An area Michigan has thrived at, and an area Michigan State has struggled with. If Michigan can control the line of scrimmage they will cruise to a victory. If they can’t, they will struggle in Spartan Stadium. Wilton Speight has been pretty solid this year, but I believe Michigan State knows he is the x-factor. If they can make him uncomfortable, and put him in situations where he is going to have to make big time throws, I think they think they can win. On the flip side of the ball, I see Michigan having no struggle with the Spartan offensive line. Michigan’s d-line is one of, if not the best, in the country. I see them having a big day. One thing the Wolverines have to be careful of, is Brian Lewerke. He can run, and Michigan struggles with spread offenses that have athletic, scramble type quarterbacks.

I think Jabrill Peppers is going to have a Heisman type day in this one. I see him finding the end zone on special teams, having a solid defensive day, and throwing not only his first collegiate pass, but throwing it for a touchdown! Michigan takes care of business, and brings Paul home to Ann Arbor. 31-7 Wolverines. Go Blue!

Chad Finley – @FinFive1
Michigan 37, Michigan State 17

I know this is a rivalry game that has not went Michigan’s way too much in the last several years and I refuse to discuss last years debacle.  This is a new year and Michigan is a different beast. The Paul Bunyan trophy is coming back to Ann Arbor!

I am surprised how bad the Spartans look so far this year but I know with these types of games, you cannot look at records. On the other side of the ball, Michigan is playing at a championship caliber and it is hard to imagine them allowing the Spartans to get close, let alone win this one. Every player returning from last year on this team is hungry for this victory and I know Coach Harbaugh will have them ready for battle. Expect the offense to come out on fire, just like they have all season.  You might even see a new formation or a new way to use Jabrill Peppers. He will be a huge factor in all three phases of the game.  I know the offense has been averaging almost 50 points a game, but out of respect of the rivalry, I am only predicting them to have 37. Although my gut feeling is that the Wolverines will be in the 40’s and will win by 30. Wilton Speight must continue to take care of the football and make smart decisions. Spread the ball out and force the defense to cover every man on every play. The running game looked very sharp last week so expect this group to continue to make big plays and keep the defense off the field.  The Wolverines are dominating the time of possession stat, so look for them to have long successful drives.

This will be a very physical game as always, but the difference is, the Wolverines are a lot tougher and stronger this year.  They will win the battle in the trenches, and its monsters on the defensive line will give the Spartans quarterbacks nightmares.  Its relentless pressure and perfectly timed blitzes will cause a lot of difficulty for Mark Dantonios team.  That pressure should cause them to turnover the ball a few times and seize control of this game.  Each player was told that they will receive a miniature Paul Bunyan trophy if they beat the Spartans, so Wolverines, make room on your shelves for your new trophy!

Patrick Connors – @TheRealPConnors
Michigan 63, Michigan State 0

This is not the season the Spartans were hoping for, especially after the 2-0 start and a nice win on the road at Notre Dame. They have since then lost 5 straight and are looking down the barrel of staying at home in December and January. This Michigan State team is not good. There are some good individual athletes like RJ Shelton, LJ Scott and Malik McDowell, but individuals don’t win games. This is a team game and the Spartans simply don’t have that.

But this game isn’t about them. It’s about Michigan. Ohio State lost last weekend as many of you know and that put Michigan right behind Alabama as the top teams in the country. This is a statement game. This is 8 years of pain and misery and sucking and not playing the Michigan way coming to fruition. We are here now. The roles have reversed. Michigan is playing up to the level of title contenders and Michigan State is falling from the graces. It’s our time. I personally hope Dad doesn’t let up and hangs 100 on them. Michigan State has mocked Michigan left and right and we have taken it, knowing they would have to repent for their 8 years of sinning. Saturday is the Spartans day of repentance.

Now I have looked online for tickets and they are pretty expensive. I want to go. At the time of writing this, I am leaning towards going, but who knows what will happen throughout the week. I hope all of you who live within a couple hours really put forth the effort into going. This is going to be fun and I don’t want anyone to miss it. I live 2.5 hours away and I’m trying to make an effort to go. If you’re reading this, you should try to as well.

I have a couple predictions coming your way:

  • Michigan will have two 100 yard rushers and one other who breaks 75 yards.
  • The defense will go over their average of 4 sacks a game and get 5 plus.
  • The starters don’t get pulled until LATE in the game
  • Jabrill Peppers gets a pick 6 and another score.

Michigan will house Michigan State in their own house

David Mormino – @BookOfMormino
Michigan 31, Michigan State 8

I am juiced to be back, shouts to the fine men and Kate for holding it down here at TBHR during my own personal bye week. Thank ya much. 

Harbaugh and the boys dust off the road whites, pack up the truck, and head upstate for a little business trip. The Spartans play host to the Wolverines on Saturday, in a pre-Halloween treat for the boys and girls in the Mitten. Michigan State has its super bowl this weekend, like it or not. Beating Ohio State later would be nice, but not nearly as sweet as knocking off an undefeated Michigan team. 

Something is holding me back from saying this will be an absolute beating, maybe I’ve seen too much. I’ll spare you the details of what happened last season, and press forward into the future. But essentially, anything can happen, and the end of last season’s game is as much proof as any. But I do think Michigan will win comfortably. 

Old school wrestling fans will love the matchup. It is going to be a street fight, it always is, and always will be. Michigan is rolling right now, and need to make a statement. This is another shot for Michigan to prove they’ve made the leap into the elite of college football. They’ve taken out Wisconsin, Florida last season, both showing growth as a team. However, East Lansing, and Columbus are still on the list of venues for Harbaugh’s Revenge Tour.

 This is a reeling State team, losing five games in a row, and is 7-7 over the last year to date, not a great look. The plus side of that is that the Spartans have played elite competition, such as Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Alabama during the stretch. Tough to say which team will show up this week for Michigan State, but they need their best this weekend. Methinks Jim has the guys win comfortably, 31-8.

Finally, we get to see who’s locked in there with whom this week. (http://youtu.be/B3lsJmwNO40) ((NSFW)) 

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.