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Week 7 Editor’s Picks: Michigan Makes Statement Against MSU

If you thought Week 6 was difficult to predict, just wait until you see what’s on the menu for Week 7.

Today’s U Assistant Managing Editor Adam Biggers (@AdamBiggers81) and a featured guest will be providing their weekly Top 25 picks, testing their knowledge by contesting me (@Tyler_Waddell) for bragging rights (and maybe a gratifying pat on the back) at the end of the season.

With us this week is MaizeAndBlueNews.com Editor Matt Pargoff. You can do yourself and give him a follow here (@MaizeBlueNews).

Editors went a combined 50-10 in Week 6, and things could turn south quickly with an incredibly challenging forecast awaiting over the next few days.

Let’s get to pickin’.

 

THURSDAY

Stanford logo18 UCLA (4-1) at 15 Stanford (4-1)

Tyler Waddell: Stanford
Adam Biggers: 
Stanford
Matt Pargoff: Stanford

 

FRIDAY

Houston logo24 Houston (5-0) at Tulane (2-3)

Tyler Waddell: Houston
Adam Biggers: 
Houston
Matt Pargoff: Houston

 

Boise State logo21 Boise State (5-1) at Utah State (3-2)

Tyler Waddell: Boise State
Adam Biggers:
Boise State
Matt Pargoff: Boise State

 

SATURDAY

Toledo logoEastern Michigan (1-5) at 22 Toledo (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Toledo
Adam Biggers: Toledo

Matt Pargoff: Toledo

 

Northwestern logo17 Iowa (6-0) at 20 Northwestern (5-1)

Tyler Waddell: Northwestern
Adam Biggers: 
Northwestern
Matt Pargoff: Northwestern

 

Baylor logoWest Virginia (3-2) at 2 Baylor (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Baylor
Adam Biggers: 
Baylor
Matt Pargoff: Baylor

 

Ole Miss logo13 Ole Miss (5-1) at Memphis (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Ole Miss
Adam Biggers: 
Ole Miss
Matt Pargoff: Ole Miss

 

FSU logoLouisville (2-3) at 11 Florida State (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Louisville
Adam Biggers: 
Florida State
Matt Pargoff: Florida State

 

Texas A&M logo10 Alabama (5-1) at 9 Texas A&M (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Texas A&M
Adam Biggers:
Texas A&M
Matt Pargoff: Alabama

 

Kansas State logo19 Oklahoma (4-1) at Kansas State (3-2)

Tyler Waddell: Oklahoma
Adam Biggers: 
Kansas State
Matt Pargoff: Kansas State

 

Michigan7 Michigan State (6-0) at 12 Michigan (5-1)—TU Game of the Week

Tyler Waddell: Aside from Utah (which beat UM Week 1), Michigan is the hottest team in America right now. And although Michigan State is undefeated, there’s been a sense of deflation with Spartans, who have dropped several spots in the rankings with a few straight underwhelming performances.

The difference in this game will be Michigan’s ability to create big plays through the air against Michigan State’s depleted secondary. Despite throwing more interceptions than he has touchdowns this season, Jake Rudock has led the Wolverines’ offense to a respectable 43.3 third-down conversion rate (4th Big Ten) with 47 passing plays of 10 yards or more. The Spartans have struggled to defend the pass all season, ranking 11th in the Big Ten in opposing quarterback efficiency (132.3), and that could ultimately give UM the edge in a close win.


Adam Biggers: 
Michigan State has won six of the past eight series meetings, so recent history would certainly favor the Spartans, who haven’t dropped one to Michigan since Brendan Gibbons’ left foot sealed a 12-10 win for the Wolverines in 2012.

Michigan State is banged up this season. It doesn’t have the same feel as it’s had in the past couple of years–yet the Spartans keep on winning, putting a No. 7-ranking and 6-0 record on the line Saturday in Ann Arbor, home of the No. 12-ranked Wolverines (5-1, 2-0). Michigan has pitched three straight shutouts, and Michigan State has struggled versus the likes of Purdue, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and, most recently, Rutgers.

Rankings don’t matter in this game. Records don’t either. It’s all about the better team–and today, the better team is Michigan, which has the nation’s No. 2-ranked total defense, an elite secondary and very few major injuries.

Michigan State has lost at least nine players to some form of bump, bruise, break or bad luck this season.

Michigan 27, Michigan State 21

Matt Pargoff: Mark Dantonio is excellent at inspiring his players, particularly when he can sell the idea that his team is being disrespected or overlooked, which he’ll make a case for given the national buzz surrounding the Wolverines. Ultimately though, when you look at the Spartans’ great success against Michigan over the last seven years, it really came down to having the better of the two teams each year they won.

Not to oversimplify things, but it’s been the Wolverines that have been playing consistently better football this season.

 

Clemson logoBoston College (3-3) at 5 Clemson (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Clemson
Adam Biggers: 
Clemson
Matt Pargoff: Clemson

 

UF logo8 Florida (6-0) at 6 LSU (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Florida
Adam Biggers: 
LSU
Matt Pargoff: Florida

 

TCU logo3 TCU (6-0) at Iowa State (2-3)

Tyler Waddell: TCU
Adam Biggers: 
TCU
Matt Pargoff: TCU

 

NotreDameUSC (3-2) at 14 Notre Dame (5-1)

Tyler Waddell: Notre Dame
Adam Biggers: 
Notre Dame
Matt Pargoff: Notre Dame

 

Ohio State logoPenn State (5-1) at 1 Ohio State (6-0)

Tyler Waddell: Ohio State
Adam Biggers: 
Ohio State
Matt Pargoff: Ohio State

 

UtahArizona State (4-2) at 4 Utah (5-0)

Tyler Waddell: Utah
Adam Biggers:
Utah
Matt Pargoff: Utah

 

SEASON RECORDS

Waddell: 104-18 (.852)
Biggers: 104-18 (.852)
Guest: 105-17 (.861)

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