I'm going to come out and admit from the get-go that this preview is going to be lacking. Writing blog posts from the road is tougher than it seems. You get used to having a comfy spot on the couch and then you're in a strange hotel rooms and Bo Pelini is making a bigger ass of himself on national TV than usual and the next thing you know you're making fun of ESPNU for sending a tennis announcer to call PBP who doesn't understand what a save is or how it works. And in the end, the preview becomes more snark than preview. #1stWorldBloggerProblems
So yea, sorry everyone. This will be a quick and extra snarky one.
The thing is, I'm not really sure what I would say even if this was a normal semi-intelligent preview. I mean, this game is an awful lot like last week in that we already know what MSU does well (defense), we know where they might struggle (offense), and we know what the Gophers have to do to win (play well on offense, solid on defense, hold on to the ball, and exploit every opportunity). So yea...I mean, yea.
The gnomes didn't feel like coming on the road with me this week so I don't have one to introduce to you. However, I they did text me what they thought of when thinking about Michigan State:
The gnomes are confident that Sparty and Ronnie enjoy snacking on 'Roids together.
When and Where:
11 AM CST; Spartan Stadium; East Lansing, MI
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Enemy Blog: The Only Colors
Where Are They From?
East Lansing, MI
I'm in Ohio right now. It seemed like the only choice even if it isn't meant to refer to them.
THIS IS THE PART THAT GOT EATEN BY GREMLINS OR SOMETHING WHAT IT'S MY VACATION TOO YOU KNOW IF I WANT TO RELAX AND NOT WRITE ABOUT MICHIGAN STATE'S GALAXY CLASS STARSHIP OF A DEFENSE THAT'S MY RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN BLOGGER GUY HOW ABOUT WE GET TO MORE SNARK YES MORE SNARK SOUNDS EXCELLENT.
How Afraid Am I?
On a scale of 1 to 5 "Brewsters on his face" (1 being not a afraid, 5 being very afraid)?
1 Tim Brewster Head On A Turkey In A Gravy Boat. Because, Thanksgiving. And because if the Gophers win this one it will be ALL OF THE GRAVY for this season. Oh, and because Tim Brewster is a turkey.
Completely Worthless Prediction:
The Gophers lost when I went FULL HOMER last week. So this week I will play realistic pragmatist. MSU is the second best team in the Big Ten. Their defense is stout and their offense is no longer a consistent gong show. I think the Gophers surprise folks and keep it close for much of the way, but in the end they do not leave East Lansing with a W. Given this prediction, I must assume this will be my last chance for some time to post this.
Sure, I'm predicting that MSU takes this beauty home in the first game but let's not forget that this trophy is a monument to something awesome The U did and was the brainchild of 2 TDG commenters. SKI-U-MAH!
Michigan State 20, Minnesota 6