LOTS OF CLOSE GAMES IN THE SEASON'S FINAL WEEKS

     Predicting these Big Ten football games seems more difficult this year-- Michigan stinks and Ohio State isn't overwhelming everybody as in yesteryear.  Penn State might be the best team in the league, but the Nittany Lions still have some tough games remaining including a date in Columbus.  So who wins and who loses?  Tough calls.  The Michigan State vs. Ohio State game is another tough call this week, even though the Buckeyes are 3 1/2 point favorites.  One wonders when Michigan State's bubble will burst-- or will it at all?  Mark Dantonio likes to say the games are all close and the plays are decided by inches and that should happen on a number of different occasions in these remaining weeks.

     Friday night lights:  the big game is Holt at Grand Ledge.  The host Comets are 7-0 and this is a rivalry game.  Holt began the year with a 48-7 loss at home to Sexton.  Since then Holt has improved to 5-2, the same record as Sexton, but the Big Reds seem to be stuck in neutral and were awful in last week's 48-8 loss at Mason.  I think Sexton misses injured quarterback Drew Valentine more than anyone let on.  Grand Ledge is probably a bit better than Holt and should win a close game and then another one will end the regular season a week from Friday at home against dangerous Charlotte.

     Also Friday night, two 0-7 teams, Perry at Eaton Rapids.  The home team has 20 straight losses and Perry has lost 17 of its last 18.  This will be a tough night for the loser.  Haslett should run all over Lansing Catholic and then will have to win a week from Friday at dangerous Okemos to make the play offs.

     Hockey season starts too early.  Michigan State has home games this week against Lowell and they have received very little fanfare or publicity.  Hockey starts, in my opinion, at least three weeks too early.  And it's silly that there is a two week break in December when games should be played because then it truly is hockey season and people are looking for holiday time activities.  The college hockey schedule makes no sense to me at all.

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