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Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 : 10:58 a.m.

Make your pick: Michigan vs. Michigan State

By Staff

After a week of buildup, we're nearing kickoff of the Michigan vs. Michigan State football game.

How do you think it's going to play out on Saturday (noon, ESPN)? Let us know by answering the following poll:



Fri, Oct 14, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.

BornInA2, The little brother players are far more excited about their leotard type uniforms than winning against their big brothers Coach Danner bite his lips and decides to hire RR to be the OC of his team after being shut out by UM RR gets kicked out from NCAA 4 life immediately after RR beaks a major violation when he tries to woo Denard away from UM Gov Snyder signs a bill changing MSU into ELCC All is well in A2


Fri, Oct 14, 2011 : 5:46 p.m.



Fri, Oct 14, 2011 : 5:21 p.m.

Defenses will play a big role in this game. Linemen will play a big role in this game. NOT a certainty but the "IFS" favoring Michigan offer them the chance to score big on MSU. That's IF: 1. Both Michigan's offense and defense get off to a fast start. Catch-up football could be "fatal" in this game. 2. No.16 finds his Groove as a passing QB. 3. Spartans are not ready for the 2011 / Hoke version of the Wolverines. 4. Six "practice games" for this junior-heavy team pays off and they start playing like the seniors they'll be next year. Prediction: If Michigan loses this game: there will be no "melt-down" afterward this time. Michigan will almost certainly end up at least 8-4 this year and they have a chance to do significantly better. This team is too well coached and their resolve and cohesiveness are too solid for that to happen. The chance of a MSU loss causing a melt-down is pretty near zero. There's no quit in these coaches and no quit in this team. Overall: in the long run, this game will be pivotal but Michigan will only either take a big step forward or go on to improve based on what they learned from this game. It's really a win-win situation and that's thanks to Coach Hoke and these very promising and talented players. Go Blue! Beat the Spartans!


Fri, Oct 14, 2011 : 3:37 p.m.

My predictions: - The M Club sneaks the banner onto the field for Michigan's pre-game run-out. - Robinson, Gardner, and Jack Kennedy each have three TD passes before halftime. - As the second quarter draws to a close TV cameras show Dantonio on the phone. He's calling Izzo to ask for a job as an assistant. Or anything. - Little brother runs up 29 total yards of offense by halftime. They later call this "a symbolic victory". - After the game Nike calls and asks for their uniforms back. In a related note, Notre Dame calls and asks them to "Please avoid embarrassing us again and stick to your own team colors instead of wearing ours." - Smith, Fitz, Shaw, and Rawls each rush for over 200 yards. - Final score: Meeechigan 107, little brother 0. - Hoke's post game comment: "We had some kids do some good things and I'm seeing some progress. But we're nowhere near to playing 'Michigan Football' and we have a lot to work on this week." Go Blue!