It's been almost a week. I am moving on. Well, as much as I can. Putting objectivity aside, that was one of the toughest MSU losses to take. The game itself was fantastic. A college football fan's dream, and proof that teams can re-match and play a meaningful, equally as memorable game. But how it ended? Some of the calls? Bret Bielema's post game press conference? I'm still struggling. I run through about five particular plays over and over and over. I'm ready for the bowl game so I can move on once and for all.
The good news for Spartans fans? This is not a once in a quarter century thing. Our program has arrived, made a statement and is here to stay. That team in green? Not your daddy or granddaddy's MSU. There is talent, depth, speed and athleticism. A team that I think would have matched up better with Oregon than Wisconsin. But that's enough of my shaded viewpoint!
One last on the game, which was a boon for the league. Bret Bielema is a bona fide jerk. Smug, arrogant, cocky, rude. All SEC from the astronomical scores against inferior foes to the way he speaks, acts, etc. Sorry, the guy bugs me. Always has, always will. It was just magnified last Saturday.
The game itself? Best of the day. A classic. One I can watch over and over and over except for the way it sits in my stomach. The toe-tap catch by Keyshawn Martin? Extraordinary and I still wonder how there was enough clear evidence to overturn it? The running into the punter? That guy trains with Bo Ryan. Pretty sad to see a game end on a call like that... especially with as much as they were letting both sides play in the first 58 minutes.
I'm not going down the BCS road. It is clearly time to go to a +1 and open the rest of the bowls up. Michigan does not deserve the Sugar. Nor does Va Tech. But at least Va Tech won their division...
Going into the bowl season, we have a deadlock at the top. And a first too. Dan gets to pick with the closest to on the margin in the title game. You know the drill Dan!
Western Michigan v. Purdue - Little Caesar's Bowl (12/27)
Oklahoma v. Iowa, Insight Bowl (12/30)
Texas A&M v. Northwestern, Meineke Car Car Bowl (12/31)
UCLA v. Illinois, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (12/31)
Houston v. Penn State, TicketCity Bowl (1/2)
Florida v. Ohio State, Urban Meyer, er Gator Bowl (1/2)
Georgia v. Michigan State, Outback Bowl (1/2)
South Carolina v. Nebraska, Capital One Bowl (1/2)
Oregon v. Wisconsin, Rose Bowl (1/2)
Virginia Tech v. Michigan, Sugar Bowl (1/3)
Over the next few weeks, I'll take a look back at what I picked versus what happened. Meantime, Happy Holidays!