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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Quick start key for Michigan in East Lansing

If Michigan's going to improve to 7-0 and get a win today at Spartan Stadium, it won't be in come-from-behind fashion like its wins over Notre Dame and Northwestern. The Wolverines have to start fast and stay strong to have a chance.
Michigan State's defense, which outside of the Notre Dame loss hasn't given up more than seven points in a game, won't give up a lead at home. The defensive line is too strong and Michigan's lack of a trustworthy passing attack won't allow for it to happen.
If Denard Robinson breaks loose early, however, the Spartans could be in for a struggle. The Wolverines rushing attack has continually gotten better with the duo of Fitzgerald Toussaint and Vincent Smith -- add in Robinson's mobility and the Wolverines are plenty capable of moving the chains and killing the clock.
As for the Spartans, they need a good game out of Kirk Cousins today. Cousins has taken a step back this season and its not clear why. He's missed receivers and made poor decisions which have resulted in turnovers -- as he did in MSU's last game against Ohio State. That has to change today, and going forward, for MSU to stay in the Big Ten title hunt.
Here's some thoughts from other writers around the state:

Spartans D-line should be able to slow Robinson --

Spartans defense looks to make Michigan one dimensional -- Grinz on Green blog

Big Ten championship game for Michigan anything but farfetched -- The Bleacher Report

If you're watching the game at home, head on over to The Oakland for a live chat with myself, Oakland Press columnist Pat Caputo and JRC college football writer Mike Larson starting at 11:45 a.m.


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