Win-win for Michigan college grid teams

Fat Guy’s Corner



I am elated to see the pigskin flying in the air as the college season is rolling here in September. Yes, Michigan and Michigan State came out victorious in week one. Michigan faced a tougher opponent in the Huskies of U-Conn. Numerous so-called experts thought U-Conn would win the game in The Big House. Well, not so fast, my friend, as Lee Corso from ESPN would say!

The Maize and Blue came out firing in the first quarter. The offense clicked with all systems on go. I now see why Denard Robinson is the quarterback of choice by the Michigan coaching staff. He ran the offense as smooth as I can pour A-1 on a 20-ounce porterhouse. He didn’t look like the guy we saw last season. This Michigan team has speed to burn at numerous positions. The negative is the defense is still not up to par. They are young and will surrender points galore in 2010. I see an 8-4 season in Ann Arbor and, yes, the grape Kool Aid tastes sweet.

The Spartans had a total mismatch on their hands as Western Michigan didn’t offer up too much of a fight. The Spartans dropped some footballs and committed some stupid penalties, which need to be cleaned up. The Spartan train should roll again this Saturday at Ford Field, as Florida Atlantic comes in as a 28- point underdog. Spartans will be 2-0 after Saturday’s contest. Michigan also will be 2-0 as they have too much speed for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Sorry, coach Brian Kelly.

Ready for NFL season

The NFL has an absolute dandy opener Thursday night in New Orleans. A rematch of last year’s NFC Champioship game will take center stage. Can Brett Favre redeem the nasty interception he threw late in the ball game? Can Minnesota hang on to the football? Do the Saints carry a Super Bowl hangover into the home opener? It should be a highly entertaining explosive football game. I like the “We Aint Aint’s No More” by a touchdown. Yes, I am ready for some NFL Football Mr. Hank Williams Jr.

Looking for upset

How will the Lions fare on the road in ChiTown? The Bears struggled in the pre-season going 0-4. The Mike Martz offense with Jay Cutler gunning the football all over the field has not materialized as of yet. This is a game the Lions can steal on the road, actually. Detroit and road wins go together like ice cream and bacon for dinner. I have a gut feeling this

contest will be high scoring as the defenses take the afternoon off.

Matthew Stafford and the rest of the offense should have a field day picking apart the Bears defense. I love Detroit in an upset special. New Rebuilt Lions 34 and Declawed Bears 31.

Orange glow

If you need to know, the Fat Guy crystal clear cheese ball has been plugged in since July 4. It has been spitting out NFL knowledge at me for a month and a half. I am looking forward to providing winning picks all year long against the spread. My record over the last six years is impeccable finishing over .500 against the spread most seasons. That is hard to do folks. Try it all season long and keep track; you’ll see how hard it is. Let’s roll the picks Matty boy:

NEW ORLEANS – 5 over Minnesota
Carolina + 7 over N.Y. GIANTS
Miami – 3 over BUFFALO
Atlanta – 2.5 over PITTSBURGH
Detroit +6 over CHICAGO
NEW ENGLAND – 4 over Cincinnati
TAMPA BAY – 3 over Cleveland
JACKSONVILLE – 2.5 over Denver
HOUSTON + 2 over Indy
TENNESSEE – 6.5 over Oakland
GREEN BAY – 3 over Philly
San Fran – 3 over SEATTLE
ST. LOUIS + 4 over Arizona
Dallas – 3.5 over WASHINGTON
Baltimore + 2.5 over N.Y. JETS
KANSAS CITY + 5 over San Diego
Lock: Green Bay

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