When the train was ready to pull out of the station this year at East Lansing, the Michigan State University Spartans had a chance to enjoy every stop on their way to an unbeaten season.
They could have run the table at the pool hall. They could have had a scenic and exciting journey, rising right up to become one of the elite teams in the country. In addition to the usual stops on the journey, the Spartans had two of their three biggest hurdles-Michigan and Iowa-at home, and did not even have to face Ohio State because of the Big Ten scheduling rotation.
So much for perfect journeys.
When the train pulled out of the station this year, Michigan State missed the departure for the second stop. After blowing away a Division 1-AA Montana State team 44-3 in their opener at home, there must have been a lot of chest pounding because the Spartans laid an egg against their next opponent at home-Central Michigan.
The 1-A Chippewas from the mid-level Mid American ufbet ราคาค่าน้ำ Conference, apparently only slightly less accomplished than teams from the mighty Big Ten, came to East Lansing to win. The Spartans showed up, but did not convince anyone that they were ready for the season they should have had. A lack of focus, attitude and execution did them in, 29-27.
Starting the season at 1-1, they did little to straighten themselves out as they lost away games at Notre Dame 33-30 and Wisconsin 38-30 to slip to 1-3.
After beating Michigan at home 26-20 in overtime, they took care of Illinois 24-14 and Northwestern 24-14, bringing their record to 4-3.
When the now 9-0 Iowa Hawkeyes came to town, the Spartans could have won but lost 15-13, and they compounded their problems by giving up 42 points to Minnesota on the road and losing by 8, 42-34. So the Michigan State Spartans now sit at a humble 4-5, probably wondering what hit them.
Next up is Western Michigan at home. The Broncos are another powerhouse team from Michigan with a 4-5 mark.
The Broncos are most certainly to be feared since they have beaten such illustrious teams as 151st-ranked, 1-AA Hofstra, 145th-ranked Miami of Ohio, 125th-ranked Toledo, and 110th-ranked Buffalo. The Broncos are ranked 112th among 120 major college programs.
Despite the tremendous odds against themselves, the Spartans just might be able to beat the Broncos and even their record to 5-5. Should they do so, they just might have a shot at becoming bowl eligible at Purdue, or at home against an 8-1 Penn State team that plans on using them for fodder.
So what really went wrong at Michigan State this year? Well, one thing is that coach Mark Dantonio wanted two good quarterbacks and got them in Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol, who are both sophomores. Unfortunately, Dantonio could not make up his mind who was better quarterback so he rotated them-generally a bad mistake.