Friday, September 21, 2012

Predictions for Michigan/MSU in Week 4

Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan
I will be attending this game and I expect it to be very lopsided. The Spartans should have no trouble on either side of the ball and will use this game to try and improve on their chemistry in the passing game. Similar to what Michigan looked to do last week against UMass, the Spartans will want to see control on the line of scrimmage from the offense and the defense. Look for Andrew Maxwell to have his best game yet as a starter as the Spartans look to get the taste of last week’s loss out of their mouths.
Michigan State 42, Eastern Michigan 6

Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Sure, Denard Robinson has a great history against Notre Dame. But, this doesn’t look to be the same Fighting Irish of past seasons. This team looks better. In fairness, Michigan looks worse than it did a year ago as well. The Wolverine defense has been very suspect against the run and that is something Notre Dame looks to be able to do very well. I expect the Irish to control tempo on offense and keep Michigan’s offense of the field. When Denard is on the field, he has the potential to make a big play, but he will need help from his receivers and good protection from the offensive line. The Notre Dame defense is very strong up front and should make things difficult for him. Michigan always has that “puncher’s chance” with Denard, but I don’t think he will have enough tricks up his sleeve on Saturday night. Notre Dame seems primed to have a 10-win season and make a return to the national picture.
Notre Dame 31, Michigan 20

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