WHEN WILL EASTERN KNOW ITS FATE?

     For whatever reason, the Lansing School District still hasn't figured out to do regarding the suspensions of an Eastern High School coach and athletic director.  The Quakers' football team practices on in liquidity with assistants filling in for head coach Tommie Boyd preparing for Friday night's arduous task against unbeaten Everett.  Who knows if Boyd will be reinstated and who knows how prepared the Quaker players will be and what their mindset is at game time.  Athletic director Mario Villareal is also on administrative leave and a final decision on the fate of both may not be known until the end of the week at the earliest.  All of this is in the aftermath of a forfeit for using ineligible players in the opening game against Detroit U of D Jesuit.

     Among other games Friday-- Mason at Grand Ledge, both 2-0.  The winner is headed for the play offs and both may get there in the long run.  Grand Ledge is my pick and I think the Comets will keep getting better with a healthy passing attack.  Grand Ledge and Everett should have quite a game once they meet.  Sexton also has a big game at St. Johns, both 2-0.  Sexton has more speed, but the Big Reds were sluggish in a 32-14 win last Friday over Eastern.

     Michigan State might score at will this Saturday against Florida Atlantic.  Mark Dantonio is cautioning one and all about the opposition being a good team and maybe I'll listen as far as FAU's offense is concerned.  But the Owls are a sieve on defense and they are giving up an average of 43 points per game over the first two games.  Even lowly Alabama Birmingham pinned 34 on Florida Atlantic last Saturday.  Michigan State still wins this going away in my book.  The best will be if the MSU defense can hold down the FAU passing attack and quarterback Rusty Smith has thrown touchdown passes in his last 12 straight games.

     I still like Notre Dame over Michigan, final score 5-4.  A safety from a scrambling quarterback late gives ND the win.  The week end highlight will be the statue unveiling outside Notre Dame stadium of former coach Lou Holtz.  He is being honored this week end on the 20th anniversary of his 1988 team winning the national championship.

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