A cool wind blows




Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The cool weather has it feeling a lot like the fall season outside. The fall means football and the Fat Guy is starting to get fired up about pigskin season. The college football season is right on top of us. It is less than two weeks away from starting, so let’s look at the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines for the 2012 college football season.

The Spartans of Michigan State are coming off back-to-back 11- win seasons. Those were the first ever in MSU history. Leading those 11-win seasons was quarterback Kirk Cousins. Kirk Cousins is gone and now with the Washington Redskins of the NFL. The new quarterback is one Andrew Maxwell. Maxwell has 51 career passing attempts in college. Maxwell has been groomed for this position and should not suffer stage fright, I wouldn’t think. Mark Dantonio is in his sixth year as MSU’s coach and he will rely heavily on a strong running game and stingy defense. Le’Veon Bell should have a tremendous season toting the football for Sparty. He will get numerous carries, I believe, in 2012. The defense will be dominant once again this year. It will be led by William Gholston, the defensvie end, who should be a number-one pick in next year’s NFL draft. The 6-foot-7 285 pounder will wreak havoc on the Big Ten this season.

The linebacking crew will be the heart and soul of the MSU defense. I think it’s the best in the Big Ten. The weak link will be the wide receiving core, as it lost three seniors and the main man, B.J. Cunningham. We shall see who steps up at that postion. Will MSU win another 11 games in 2012? Will they extend their winning streak to five games over the Michigan Wolverines? The Ann Arbor faithful hope not. MSU will be tested in the home opener against Boise State and two weeks later at home against Notre Dame. It won’t take MSU long to find out if Andrew Maxwell is ready at quarterback My prediction for MSU in 2012 a solid 9-3 season. Sparty On Sparty Fans!

The Brady Hoke era starts year two in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He will find it tough sledding to improve on his 11- 2 record and Sugar Bowl-win last season.

The Michigan schedule is one of the toughest in the country here in 2012. Remember, last year Michigan had eight home games. This year, there are only six home games. One thing is Hoke has removed the Rich

“Hilrod” nightmare from

Michigan fans’ nightmarish Rich

Rod bad dream.

Denard Robinson returns for his senior season as the U of M’s signal caller. Hopefully,

Denard has improved his passing skills, at least a little, from last year. If he hasn’t, it might be a long year under center. Michigan had a 6-2 Big Ten record last season. One of those losses was to MSU and we all know how much Michigan fans hate that. Will they lose five straight to Sparty? MSU hopes so.

Michigan’s defense is a little light up front in the trenches, so we shall see if they get pushed around in the trenches. Michigan, like MSU, is thin at wide receiver. Roy Roundtree returns, but after that some other players need to step up. The running game will feature Fitzgerald Toussaint if he is allowed to return from suspension. The Wolverines open up with last year’s National Champs, the Alabama Crimson Tide. It won’t take long to see how good Michigan is will it? I look for Michigan this year to go 9-3 is my prediction. We will predict MSU and Michigan games next week.

Motor City Kitties

The Tigers lose two of three to the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. I was a little shocked by that, actually, seeing how well the Tigs had been playing at home. They better play well at home as 12 of their next 15 games are at home. They trail the White Sox by a game and a half in the division and trail the wildcard spot by two games. It will be a wild and wooly ride in September for our boys of summer. The summer is closing and the Lions’ opener is coming fast. I thought they looked real good in Baltimore last Friday night. Stafford and Calvin Johnson were awesome in that one drive. An awesome catch by Calvin for touchdown. Still way TOO MANY STUPID PENALTIES! I can’t take the dumb stuff! It will cost them a game at some point.


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