Friday, October 12, 2012

Predictions for MSU/Iowa and Michigan/Illinois

Saturday is upon us once again. It is time for me to make my picks for the Michigan and MSU contests. Here is my best shot.

MSU vs. Iowa
One of the big factors in this game appears to be weather. With the Spartans playing on grass, rain could provide some tough conditions. Both teams want to run the ball, but the Spartans have the better passing attack of the two. With the MSU O-line struggling to open up running lanes, a sloppy field could make it even harder for the Spartans to move the ball. I do expect the MSU defense to keep Iowa in check, but I expect this to be another grinder for the Spartans. Iowa is a team that plays its opponents close, so I suspect the game will come down to the end, with MSU finding a way to get the victory.
Michigan State 17, Iowa 14

Michigan vs. Illinois
The rain shouldn’t be as much of an issue in this game because Michigan plays on fieldturf. It will likely cause some problems passing the ball, but running shouldn’t be a problem. Look for Denard Robinson to once again run wild and go for more than 150 yards on the ground. He will also connect on some big passes from blown assignments by the Illini. On defense, Michigan will keep Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in containment and not allow him to beat them with his legs. I see Michigan winning comfortably, but not totally blowing the Illini out of the water.
Michigan 31, Illinois 14

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