I think that this game will come down to if Michael Hart plays and if he does, is he effective? Two years ago, Michigan used Chris Perry and his 51 carries to prove that a ball control offense can beat a spread one. This game should come down to that too. The more Michigan controls the ball, the less chances Drew Stanton and company will have to beat them. In particular, I think that the Michigan defense will have a chance to make some plays should they stay well rested throughout the game. As soon as Michigan State is able to turn this into a shootout though, its over. All this said, I'm going to take the unusual step of making two predictions. First if Hart starts, make it Michigan 28, Michigan State 24. If he doesn't play, it'll be ugly. Like Michigan State 45, Michigan 21 ugly.
Not knowing the status of Hart, I've decided not to do any stat projections this week. Well, that and I've been consistently terrible.
Arizona State 42, USC 35
Virginia Tech 35, West Virginia 31
Notre Dame 24, Purdue 21
Penn State 28, Minnesota 17
Florida 35, Alabama 24
Last Week: 3-3 Season: 5-4