THOUGHTS ON THE SPARTANS ON TUESDAY

     A win would have been nice this past Saturday, but more mistakes would have been needed from California-- I thought Cal was a better team and the game was close because MSU hung in there and was opportunistic-- but the Golden Bears made too many Golden mistakes and so it was a game to the end.

     Check the schedule-- Michigan State could win six straight-- it's no lock and there will be some close games along the way but the Spartans appear tough enough to play with almost anyone.  They could win eight or nine games because I don't see other teams better than Cal except perhaps for Ohio State.  MSU does need to improve-- everywhere.  The wide outs look good and fast and surehanded for the most part.  But the two lines need to get better and of course the mistakes must be eliminated as much as possible.

     But this could still be a good team, again based on the schedule I see.  I don't think the Big Ten has monster teams after the Buckeyes-- and they could get it handed to them Sept. 13th at Southern Cal, a team that clearly looks like the squad to beat for the national title.  MSU must avoid costly injuries and if that happens the Spartans will offer some exciting Saturdays.  They have some talent.  They do not have national calibre speed, but then most Big Ten teams don't either.  Eastern Michigan  should play hard and not roll over and play dead like some MAC teams do in these pre season games, but MSU should prevail by at least the three touchdowns for which they are expected to win by.

     Lock point spread of the week-- Georgia by 23 over Central Michigan Saturday in Athens.  And I think Michigan will cover 14 at home over Miami of Ohio.  If Michigan struggles then the Wolverines could be in for a rough year.  This is a game Michigan should win decisively.

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