Picture day Wednesday for the MSU hockey team. Rick Comley begins season number seven in East Lansing and he has 11 freshmen on his roster-- an amazing number. They are talented but because of their lack of experience the Spartans are picked to finish anywhere from third to fifth during the regular seaon in the CCHA race. Notre Dame and Michigan are picked at the top. Goalie Jeff Lerg is now a senior and he is the pre season alla CCHA first team goalie. He'll need the young guys to help him quickly because as he goes early on, so will go the Spartans. Comley likes to develop teams for the run in March and it will be interesting to see who are the stars among the rookies and how good will the Spartans be in another five months.
Look out for Iowa running back Shonn Greene. He is averaging 6.7 yards per carry heading into East Lansing this Saturday. The Hawkeyes' star has run for more than 100 yards in each of his team's first five games. He had four runs of more than 20 yards last Saturday against Northwestern. He left the Northwestern game in the fourth quarter with a head injury and did not return but he is expected to start in Spartan Stadium. Where as Javon Ringer is ranked second in the nation in rushing yards, Greene is sixth so this will be a ground battle at least in the early going. Michigan State is an eight point favorite. The Hawkeyes have won seven of the last ten meetings and the home team has won the last eight in a row. Iowa won last year in Iowa City in double overtime, 34-27.
High school football upset special Friday night: East Lansing over 5-0 Grand Ledge. East Lansing lost to winless Eastern last Friday but I think East Lansing will play better in this rivalry game and maybe Grand Ledge is due to get beat. The most unsung teams in the area are Charlotte and Mason. Sexton could advance the farthest in the playoffs because the Big Reds will play in division three and they don't seem to face the obstacles teams around here in divisions one and two will encounter.