Saturday, September 8, 2012

The games of Week 2 of the college football season are upon us. Here are my picks for the weekend.

MSU at CMU – 3:30 pm.
I will be live at this game and taking part in a live chat if you are interested in sharing your thoughts.
This game should be a victory for Michigan State, and should be a sizeable one.
Regardless of the environment and atmosphere, the fact is the Spartans are a much better team.
The MSU defense has the ability to completely shut down the CMU offense. Their front seven should contain the Chippewa run game and apply pressure to quarterback Ryan Radcliff, which will lead to turnovers.
The Spartan offense can control tempo with its powerful running game, which will open the door for play action passing against a questionable secondary.
I can see the game being within reach for CMU at halftime, but ultimately look for the Spartans to pull away.
Due to the relationship between coaches Mark Dantonio and Dan Enos, I don’t see MSU trying to embarrass the Chippewas.
Prediction – MSU 37, CMU 13

Air Force at Michigan – 3:30 p.m.
I look for Michigan to really try to put on a show today.
The Wolverines need to re-establish themselves after last week’s loss and the Air Force defense can certainly give up some points.
I’d expect Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint to pile up the rushing yards, in excess of 200 yards combined. As Air Force commits to the run, it will open things up for Robinson to hit a few lengthy passes.
Defensively, I think Michigan will stumble a few times against the option, but not enough to allow Air Force to score consistently. This game will be somewhat of a scoring race, and the Falcons won’t be able to match the Wolverines score for score.
Prediction – Michigan 45, Air Force 20

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