The Michigan Wolverines’ last meeting against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Big House was a huge success. A record crowd of 115,109 watched Michigan defeat Notre Dame, 41-30. Devin Gardner, the U of M signal caller, threw for four touchdowns and also ran for one. He made me say, “Denard who?” That being Denard Robinson, last year’s quarterback at Michigan.
The quarterback situation looks to be in the fine hands of Mr. Gardner. Devin also paid tribute to ole number 98, Tom Harmon, the first Heisman Trophy winner ever from Michigan. Tom Harmon won that in 1940. Devin Gardner wore his number for this game against the Irish. Michigan looked really good, offensively, I thought. I will say defensively they have tons of room for improvement. The victory moved the Wolverines up to number 11 in the polls. Michigan should not be tested again until November when it travels to MSU.
Oh my, the Spartans of MSU!! The offense was horrible on Saturday afternoon against South Florida. The Spartans rotated three quarterbacks in Connor Cook, Andrew Maxwell and Tyler O’Connor. I would say all of them were ineffective. The Spartans pulled off the 21-6 victory at least. How about the fact the defense has accounted for four of the six touchdowns for MSU here so far this season? That is ugly! The positive is, the defense for Sparty is really good. It will keep them in numerous football games this year. The offense has to find some way of moving the football, and soon!
Michigan will take on Akron at high noon and MSU has Youngstown State at two o’clock. Both of these games are at home for the two schools. The big game this week in college football is Alabama and Texas A&M. Can Johnny “Football” Manziel defeat the Tide in consecutive years? The odds makers in Vegas say no! Alabama has been installed as 7.5-point favorite. I think Nick Saban will have the Crimson Tide ready to play some football! Don’t you?
Hurry up October
The Detroit Tigers are waiting for October and so is the Fat Guy. The Tigs are still up 4 1/2 games on Cleveland.
Now for the NFL
The NFL season kicked off Thursday night and Peyton Manning threw seven touchdown passes! What a show the old veteran quarterback put on. The Baltimore Ravens didn’t know what hit them, it happened so fast.
Denver will be a tough out come playoff time.
The Detroit Lions broke an eight-game losing streak dating back to last year with a 34-24 victory over Minnesota. It also snapped a winless division streak from last year where Detroit was an awful 0-6. Goodbye to those losing streaks! Reggie Bush made his four-year $16 million contract look like a good signing. Reggie totaled 191 yards from scrimmage. He had 21 carries for 90 yards and four receptions for 101 yards. That is why I was so excited when Detroit signed him. The Lions dominated the stat sheet with a 28-16 first-down advantage. Detroit ran 77 plays to only 53 for Minnesota. The total yardage stat was 469 to 330.
It was the same old dumb penalties and critical mistakes made by the Lions. Detroit should have won this game by three or four touchdowns! Detroit will head to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals. They have not fared well in the desert lately! It would be a nice time to remedy that with a victory over the Cardinals. Crystal Ball says: Kitty’s Kats 34 and Ari No Zona 27.
NFL picks off to a slow start, but we will pick it up this week.
Here are the selections:
N ENGLND – 13 over N.Y. Jets
PHIL – 6 over San Diego
Cleveland + 7 over BALTIMORE
HOUSTON – 8.5 over Tennessee
Miami + 3 over INDINPLIS
Carolina – 3 over BUFFALO
ATLANTA – 7 over St. Louis
Washington + 6.5 over GREEN BAY
KANSS CTY – 3 over Dallas
Minnesota + 6.5 over CHICAGO
TAMPA BY + 4.5 over New Orleans
Detroit – 1 over ARIZONA
Jacksonville + 6 over OAKLAND
Denver + 6 over NY GIANTS
Sn Francsco – 2.5 over SEATTLE
CINCNNTI – 7 over Pittsburgh
LAST WEEK: 5-10-1 LOCK : 0-1
LOCK PICK: DENVER.