The Eve of the Big Game

     I'm listening to both head coaches in their final news conferences in Indianapolis on the eve of the inaugural Big Ten title football game.  Frankly I think this format would work great for basketball's post season in the Big Ten as well.  But, both coaches sound confident and ready and I don't notice any signs of stress.  You know they're both nervous but I think they're both anxious to go.

     The stakes are high -- the Rose Bowl awaits and Wisconsin wants to go back and atone for last year's 21-19 TCU loss.  Michigan State hasn't been there since New Year's Day 1988.  Most national pundits pick Wisconsin -- I understand why.

     I'd like Michigan State's chances better if the Spartans had lost a tough game back in October-- I think Wisconsin will have a tremendous sense of resolve -- that alone may not be enough, but I think it's a factor.  The quarterbacks may well decide this game -- who plays better and who makes mistakes and both Cousins and Wilson made mistakes back in October.

     It should be a good match up.  I think it will be close but beyond that I can picture it going either way.  I think Wisconsin is a better team, but on a given night maybe Michigan State will win again.

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