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TG we have a soft schedule!
Aug. 31 WESTERN MICHIGAN 24-10 W 1-0
Sept. 7 SOUTH FLORIDA 17-7 W 2-0
Sept. 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 21-10 W 3-0
Sept. 21 at Notre Dame 10-35 L 3-1
Oct. 5 at Iowa 21-20 W 4-1 (1-0)
Oct. 12 INDIANA 28-13 W 5-1 (2-0)
Oct. 19 PURDUE 21-14 W 6-1 (3-0)
Oct. 26 at Illinois 14-17 L 6-2 (3-1)
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN 21-17 W 7-2 (4-1)
Nov. 16 at Nebraska 14-27 L 7-3 (4-2)
Nov. 23 at Northwestern 13-21 L 7-4 (4-3)
Nov. 30 MINNESOTA 24-17 W 8-4 (5-3)
2nd place Legends Division
Not sure of bowl order...so I'll say Gator Bowl
*Maxwell ends up being starter
*Shelton is the primary RB
*Mumphrey is primary WR
*Max Bullough is B1G Defensive POY
*Could swap @ UI Loss for UM Win
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by VenomousGDuck23 15 months ago
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*No special uniforms.
Here's my sunshine post for the 2013 season...
With the good buddy back as the OC:
Aug. 31 WESTERN MICHIGAN W 1-0
Sept. 7 SOUTH FLORIDA W 2-0
Sept. 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE W 3-0
Sept. 21 at Notre Dame L 3-1
Oct. 5 at Iowa L 3-2 (0-1)
Oct. 12 INDIANA W 4-2 (1-1)
Oct. 19 PURDUE W 5-2 (2-1)
Oct. 26 at Illinois L 5-3 (2-2)
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN L 5-4 (2-3)
Nov. 16 at Nebraska L 5-5 (2-4)
Nov. 23 at Northwestern L 5-6 (2-5)
Nov. 30 MINNESOTA W 6-6 (5-5)
** Big $ Donors demand the hot seat treatment for Dantonio
** Narduzzi leaves for a DC job in the NFL
This post was edited by tVargMan Prime 15 months ago
I could see that. Iowa and UM very well could be losses.
If the offense is somewhat improved 9-3, if its like this past year 7-5. BTW to the OP MSU would need to really crap the bed to lose to Illinois. If that happened it would probably be Dantonio's worst loss.
Aug. 31 WESTERN MICHIGAN W 1-0
Sept. 7 SOUTH FLORIDA W 2-0
Sept. 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE W 3-0
Sept. 21 at Notre Dame L 3-1
Oct. 5 at Iowa W 4-1
Oct. 12 INDIANA W 5-1
Oct. 19 PURDUE W 6-1
Oct. 26 at Illinois W 7-1
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN W 8-1
Nov. 16 at Nebraska L 8-2
Nov. 23 at Northwestern L 8-3
Nov. 30 MINNESOTA W W 9-3
Maxwell is not the starter.
Hill is not the RB
Offense sees improvement in passing game, struggles to find consistent run, but has more big running plays than this year.
Defense is best in the B10
Drake Harris scares us, but eventually signs his LOI
Loss to Bama in the Outback bowl. (Respectable 10 points or less)
This post was edited by Jfaspen 15 months ago
I don't see ILL beating much of anyone next year either, but 8-4 seems reasonable to me. I disagree about Shelton being the primary RB and Mumphery being the primary WR.
Shelton is not a "power back" so he's going to have to be a bit better than Hill and Thompkins to not use his RS. I would bet Holmes sees a good amount of carries, somewhat similar to Bell's FR year.
You think Mumphery will be more productive than Burbridge? Don't get me wrong, I really like Keith and I think he can continue to grow to be a good WR, but Burbridge has a much higher ceiling. He could be an all-conference candidate next season, IMO.
Illinois is awful. Really think there's no way we lose there
Ill say 10-2. Ls to nd and Neb
I think the floor is 5-7 but for a lot would have to go wrong for that to happen. Ceiling, maaaybe 10-2, but more likely 9-3.
Looks like an 7-5 team.
Finish behind UM and NEB in our league.
If the offense has a pulse, 9-3 and finally a win against Nebraska.
My predictions are assuming Le'Veon Bell, William Gholston, and Dion Sims are gone. Also, I'm assuming that Dan Roushar is gone and Andrew Maxwell is on the bench.
Aug. 31 WESTERN MICHIGAN...........W
Sept. 7 SOUTH FLORIDA...................W
Sept. 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE........W
Sept. 21 at Notre Dame.......................L
Oct. 5 at Iowa 21-20............................W
Oct. 12 INDIANA..................................W
Oct. 19 PURDUE.................................W
Oct. 26 at Illinois.................................W
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN................................W
Nov. 16 at Nebraska...........................W
Nov. 23 at Northwestern.....................L
Nov. 30 MINNESOTA..........................W
Maybe I'm drinking the Kool-Aid, but our conference sucks and Michigan and Nebraska are getting worse next year.
10-2, division champs, end up losing the BTCG to tOSU. Capital One Bowl.
If Roushar and Maxwell are still around, then add 2 more losses to that (probably @Nebraska and either @Iowa or vs. scUM). 8-4 and some fleabag bowl.
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Nebraska is gonna be a tough win in Lincoln..
I think that's our toughest game right after at ND
I had UI as a 3 point loss on the road. Scheelhaase has one year left I think.
Tried to go out of the box, fine line between that and stupid.
Illinois went 0-8 this past year in the Big Ten. MSU will beat them no problem next year, ditto with Iowa. Iowa loses their QB and still has a terrible lack of talent pat pretty much every position.
If MSUs offense is even a little better than this past year, MSU rolls in those games.
MSU could not be a good team and be 6-1 heading into the scum game.
With Roushar, anything is possible!
I think the offense will look a lot better if we have a qb with a bit of mobility combined with not panicing and throwing a 3 yard checkdown on 3rd and 8.
That being said, WR routes need to be a bit more creative and we need to see some improvement by the WR at getting open and then catching the ball..
Hopefully with a speedier back and a minor threat as a mobile QB we'll get some more attention on our ground game and open up the passing a bit.
Cook? O'Connor? Terry? Maxwell?
I'm guessing and dreaming.. But I think the competition should be between Cook and O'Connor. Terry to RS MAxwell to carry the clipboard..
I don't understand how the coaching staff could go with maxwell again. He made some plays for us.. Didn't make a ton of mistakes.. But stalled the offense quite a bit. I can't count how many passes he threw way over his receiver or just off the mark.
He sounds like a good guy, prob a great 7/7 player, but when a big 10 lineman starts rushing at him he loses more than his share of accuracy and thought.
We also have a 2nd bye between UM and Nebraska that should help
Dantonio also unbeaten the week after the UM game
Why the Illinois loss? You know they had one of the worst teams at the FBS level this year and are losing all of their NFL prospects on D, right?
Aug. 31 WESTERN MICHIGAN Sure - W
Sept. 7 SOUTH FLORIDA Likely - W
Sept. 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE - Sure W
Sept. 21 at Notre Dame - Sure L
Oct. 5 at Iowa - Likely W
Oct. 12 INDIANA - Sure W
Oct. 19 PURDUE - Sure W
Oct. 26 at Illinois - Sure W
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN - Toss-up
Nov. 16 at Nebraska - Likely L
Nov. 23 at Northwestern - Toss-up
Nov. 30 MINNESOTA Likely W
Sure W (90% chance winning or greater): 5 - WMU, YSU, IU, Purdue, @IL
Likely W (better than 60% chance of winning): 3 - South Florida, @Iowa, Minnesota
Toss-ups (around 50-50 chance of winning): 2 - Michigan, @Northwestern
Likely L (Less than 40% chance of winning) - 1 - Nebraska
Sure L (Less than 10% chance of winning) - 1 - @ND
Sure Ws: WMU and YSU are cupcakes. Illinois was one of the worst teams in D-1 last year; their O was worst than MSU's and their D was poor. Purdue and IU are both home games featuring teams with weak defenses. Though IU's O is good, the Spartans figured them out in the second half of last year's game.
Likely W's: USF just went 4-8 and have a new coach, plus the game is in EL. Iowa, though they beat MSU this year, loses their QB and MSU is coming off of a bye. Minnesota does not do well on the road.
Toss-ups: UM and Northwestern beat MSU by a total of 5 points this year. UM loses Robinson and some defensive playmakers, but are bringing in a lot of talent and Gardner looks legit at QB. However, the game is at Spartan Stadium and I think these contests are going to be close for the foreseeable future. I actually like MSU's chances against Northwestern a little better, especially since "@Northwestern" can be a psuedo home game for the Spartans. Still, they're going to return most of their offensive skill players and their D was young this year. Tough game.
Likely L: MSU's best shot at knocking off Nebraska was this year. Martinez is a headache and NU's D is perfectly suited to rip pro-style passing games with mediocre QB play (that's being nice). If the game was in EL, it'd be a toss-up. The only saving grace is that it's after a bye AND after the UM game and MD is 6-0 after playing Michigan. Plenty of time to rest up and get over either a big W or L.
Sure L: It's time for MSU fans to stop bragging about "owning ND"; MSU has lost 3 of the last 4 and the 3-4 D gives MSU's OL fits. ND was able to put up 20 points on a very strong MSU D in Spartan Stadium last year; their skill talent (RS FR QB this year) is only going to improve. They're getting their 2 best linemen back for another year (OT Martin, NT Nix) and I just don't see MSU winning this game barring some breakout skill players.
Overall: Somewhere between 7-5 and 10-2. I look for games that can "flip" compared to last year's season. MSU went 3-1 in the non-conf and I'd expect to see that again; that's a wash, though USF is definitely tougher than EMU. In Big 10 play, MSU went 1-1 vs. tOSU and Wisconsin; they drop off and Purdue/IL come on. That looks like a +1 in the W column for the Spartans. IU was a W in '12 and should be a W in '13.
The season comes down to whether MSU can make strides in the 4 Big 10 teams it lost to in '12: Iowa by 3 in 2 OT (now @Iowa), @UM by 2 on a last second FG (now in EL), Nebraska by 4 on a last second TD (now @Nebraska) and Northwestern by 3 at home (now @Northwestern). 3 of those 4 games move to the road and the 4th is the biggest game of the year. I give Iowa a strong chance of flipping to a W; the others are toss-ups or a likely L.
Boils down to whether the O can a) replace Bell and b) make major strides in the passing game. If they can't, I still think they go 7-5 by virtue of dropping tOSU for Purdue and @Wisky for @IL. If they can, I think they can add Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern to the W column and make the CCG.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Kepp in mind Rocky that michigan losses three starters up front for sure, and Lewan will most likely go pro. Can't see that offense doing much, I think we win there. I would call Nebraska a toss up. I honestly think we beat them, but Northwestern will be a loss IMO. going with 10-2 losses to Northwestern and Notre Dame.
Aug. 31 WESTERN MICHIGAN W
Sept. 7 SOUTH FLORIDA W
Sept. 14 YOUNGSTOWN STATE - W
Sept. 21 at Notre Dame - L
Oct. 5 at Iowa - W
Oct. 12 INDIANA - W
Oct. 19 PURDUE - W
Oct. 26 at Illinois - W
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN - W
Nov. 16 at Nebraska - L
Nov. 23 at Northwestern - W
Nov. 30 MINNESOTA W
10-2, get pummeled in the BTCCG by O$U and go to the Cap one bowl.
Probably should have picked Iowa instead of Illinois. I've always like Scheelhaase and he is a RS Senior in 2013. I saw Toledo play a few times living close and I think Beckman is going to get UI going again. I saw us looking ahead to UM, figured we'd blow one somewhere like that.
UM looks a lot less winnable with Gardner at QB. With Nebraska returning Bell and Abdullah with Martinez, that will probably be our 2nd hardest game but UM is right there too.
I don't concede a single game next year. There's not a team on that schedule that we couldn't have beaten this year or the last 3 years for that matter. If we improve on offense, which I figure we will (including not dropping 10 balls against ND), we should expect to win each and every game in 2013. Anything less than a B1G championship game appearance would be a failure, IMO.
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