Sunday, November 06, 2005

Michigan State Football

Purdue 28, Michigan State 21

Every MSU fan knows the cycle - promising start, followed by close call against the traditional powers, followed by mystifying drop into obscurity after late-season collapse. The loss to a terribly Purdue team wasn't surprising to most long-term fans, but that doesn't make it any less difficult to take. With games against Minnesota and Penn State still remaining, a bowl-game remains much in doubt. For a team that started 4-0 and ranked in the top-15, this has to rank among the worst collapses.

I certainly don't think John L. Smith should lose his job - Most fans would have accepted a 6-5 season with a completely rebuilt defense and no running backs at the start of the year. Still, the team didn't look motivated and the offense has progressed from one of the nations best to simply average. At least I'll probably be able to attend the Motor City Bowl - MSUs likely destination should they get by Minnesota. I wonder if they can still score against the MAC.


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