THOUGHTS ON THE SPARTANS, DIFFERENT TEAMS

     Michigan State fully expects to announce at 8:30pm Sunday that it will play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, 1pm New Year's Day, likely against Georgia.  Both teams are 9-3 and I make Georgia a 9-point favorite.  It's possible Ole Miss could replace Georgia at 8-4 and is red hot at the moment, but such a move would surprise the MSU people.  If UCLA beats USC on Saturday, then the Spartans may get shoved West to Tampa for the Outback Bowl and Ohio State would replace them in Orlando.

     Michigan State's women stand a good shot to win the Big Ten title.  I've seen the others in the league play.  MSU has the best team if the key players don't get injured and if center Allyssa DeHaan starts playing better than what she's displayed thus far.  The MSU freshmen are good role players and are improving.  As for the men, same thing, I think they'll contend for the Big Ten title without injuries and regardless of what they do against North Carolina because I just don't see any other powerhouse teams in the league.  Some road games won't be easy, but they'll be tough for all the road teams, not just Michigan State.

     Now that it's hockey season, Michigan State has only this Saturday's home game against Michigan as a regular season date this month in Munn Arena.  There's an exhibition game December 16th but who cares?  Those October games, all five of them, would have fit much better with fans in December.

     The MSU football bust is December 18th, beginning at 4:30pm with program at 5:30pm.  Call the MSU football office at 355-1647 for tickets.

     I lost my Heisman vote years ago-- probably no longer qualified.  If I was voting and you vote for three by the way, I'd go Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, then Colt McCoy of Texas and Graham Harrelle of Texax Tech.  I like Tim Tebow and he'd be fourth, but that's how I'd vote if asked.  Even though Javon Ringer will be in Florida in another week as a Doak Walker finalist, I'm almost certain that Iowa's Shonn Green will win the top running back award.

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