Monday, September 6, 2010

MSU, Michigan Dominates, Directional Schools Results Mixed

The Matchups: 

Michigan State University vs Western Michigan University:  MSU looked like a good team playing their first game.  The conditions were for a Big Ten October, and MSU played like it.  Le'Veon Bell was the monster the Big Ten Network Presented by Ro-Tel said he would be.  He is huge and fast and his 75 yard TD was very impressive.  I'm pretty excited to see him play some more.  Baker showed his quickness all day, being a great compliment to Bell.  Caper sat out for the day, and could rest even more, maybe until Notre Dame in two weeks (the Spartans should destroy Florida Atlantic in the Little Caesars Pizza Pizza! Bowl Part 1) and when he does return he should create the terrible trilogy of backs.  Keyshawn Martin looked bad, and Keith Nichol looked good.  Cousins played well.  Its hard to tell how good they were because of the competition.  WMU should contend for the MAC title this season.  Alex Carder, a redshirt sophomore starting his first game, looked very promising.  He needs to fall out of love with short passes and getting hit so much, or Tyler Van Tubbergen will see some unscheduled playing time.  Also, WMU has a great punter in Ben Armer.  WMU gets an FCS school this weekend, so we won't know how good the Broncos are for a few more weeks.

University of Michigan vs Conneticut:  Michigan looked much better than I thought, and people will still come out in droves to see them play.  Denard Robinson looked good and the defense played probably their best game they will all season.  If the offense can play like that all season, they will be very good.  Tate Forcier will probably transfer soon, because there is no way he should play over Robinson or Gardner.  Hope you didn't buy one of the stupid Tater tot shirts, or a jersey.  Because they will be worthless soon enough.  UConn should contend for the Big East this season, so the talent level is good.  Now Michigan has to take on the rebuilding Fighting Irish, who beat Purdue at home fairly easily.  That game should be a toss up.  It is in South Bend though.

Central Michigan University vs Hampton:  In Enos' first game as head coach, the Chips won big over an FCS foe, 33-0.  I don't really count these games, because unless your awful (Ole Miss, Kansas) you should win these and inflate your stats.  In other news, Dan LeFevour was cut by the Bears and picked up by the Bengals, who let go JT O'Sullivan.  Now they are one sack from Jordan Palmer or Danny boy starting an NFL game.  CMU plays Temple next week, which could be a MAC championship preview.

Eastern Michigan University vs Army:  Army pulled out a close win in the last second.  EMU hasn't won a game in over a year, and this was a golden opportunity for them.  This rough loss could signal another double digit losing season for the Eagles.  Army is much improved and should make a bowl game this year.  But it is really really hard to give up a late touchdown drive to an option based team.  EMU did pull it off though.

Also, Grand Valley State won their first game and Notre Dame beat Purdue to start the Kelly era. 

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