Friday, September 23, 2011

tough stretch

Tough loss for the Michigan State Spartans against Notre Dame last week, and a tough stretch coming up.

After hosting Central Michigan today, they play at Ohio State. They get a bye week before hosting Michigan, then they host Wisconsin, then at Nebraska.

Nebraska might have a slightly tougher Big Ten schedule than MSU since the Huskers also face Penn State; but Nebraska doesn't face Illinois, and the Illini might turn out to be better than Penn State this year.

But I don't think anybody has a tougher four-game stretch in the conference than what the Spartans will face. Ohio State was ranked, and probably will be again once they get all their players back, and the other three are all ranked teams. Those four games will make or break the Spartans' season.

Heck, the UofM and Ohio State games will make or break the Spartans' season! Losing to Notre Dame was bad enough, but lose to UofM and it's back to being little sister; lose to Ohio State, and it's back to being irrelevant. MSU needs to win those two games in the worst way.

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