NCAAF  > Michigan State Spartans  > Spartans prospects for 2010
August 5, 2010, 01:02 AM
Don't know about the "Experts" but this could be a breakthrough year for the Spartans. They are loaded and have a favorable schedule. I predict a 12-1 season and a BCS game.
August 5, 2010  01:06 AM ET

Ooh, I love the F-18 Super Hornet avatar!

I'm not so sure about 12-1 though.

August 5, 2010  01:14 AM ET

I see at least 3-4 losses with ND, Wisconsin, @UM, @Northwestern, @Iowa, Minn, and @PSU all looming.

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August 5, 2010  08:25 AM ET

Just like pretty much every year for the last 20- somewhere btwn 6-6 and 9-3 with a minor to mid-level bowl. At least for the 3rd year in a row you will be the best B10 in Michigan (and maybe the best in the state depending on how tough you think CMU has been).

August 5, 2010  08:27 AM ET

As an aside, for MSU fans how would you like the B10 carved up in divisions? Would a north-south or an east-west be better for the MSU's, Purdues, and NWU's of the B10?

August 11, 2010  02:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

how would you like the B10 carved up in divisions? Would a north-south or an east-west be better for the MSU's, Purdues, and NWU's of the B10?

How bout east-west?

Neb
Minn
Iowa
Wisc
NU
Illinois

UM
MSU
PSU
tOSU
Purdue
Indiana

That would put at least 3 of the more succussful schools in each div.
It would limit the Neb/PSU games (which is quite a drive for the visitors).
And it would keep the UM/tOSU rivalry.

August 11, 2010  01:39 PM ET

I'll give ya an upset somewhere in there, maybe @ Iowa and I'll give ya PSU. So possibly the cap one if things fall in your favor

August 11, 2010  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

How bout east-west?NebMinnIowaWiscNUIllinoisUMMSUPSUtOSUPurdueIndianaThat would put at least 3 of the more succussful schools in each div.It would limit the Neb/PSU games (which is quite a drive for the visitors).And it would keep the UM/tOSU rivalry.

That would make sense, the question is what kind of split do the mid level B10 teams prefer.

August 11, 2010  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That would make sense, the question is what kind of split do the mid level B10 teams prefer.

Here's the issue they may have:
School - Stadium capacity
______________________________
Michigan - 109,901
Penn State - 107,282
Ohio State - 102,329
Michigan State - 75,005
Purdue - 62,500
Indiana - 52,692


Nebraska - 81,067
Wisconsin - 80,321
Iowa - 70,585
Illinois - 70,000
Minnesota - 50,805
Northwestern - 49,256


For those that are not Rain Man, that's 527,017 to 384,726.

Each road game has revenue based upon ticket sales. East has 37% more capacity which gives a big advantage to Illinois and Purdue over Indiana, Minnesota, and Northwestern.

 
August 11, 2010  05:40 PM ET

Nice take Grue. It may make more sense for the B10 to go with an ACC-like jumble vice a North-South or East-West division setup by those figures.

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