The calm before the storm.
On Saturday, Jim Harbaugh will lead the undefeated University of Michigan football team into East Last Lansing where they will take on Mel Tucker and the also undefeated Michigan State Spartans.
Tucker has a chance to start off his career with two-straight victories over the Wolverines but that will not be the case as Michigan is going to go into East Lansing and dominate what I believe to be an inferior Spartan team. In fact, I believe Harbaugh will have his team ready and that they will not let their foot off the gas on their way to a rather easy win.
Offensively speaking, Michigan is the superior team and the advanced stats show just that. According to Football Outsiders, the Wolverines have the No. 5 ranked offense in the country in OFEI (Offense Fremeau Efficiency Index) ratings compared to Michigan State, which comes in at No. 50.
When it comes to defense, the Wolverines also have an advantage as they rank No. 11 in the nation in DFEI (Defense Fremeau Efficiency Index) ratings compared to the Spartans, who are ranked No. 24. Even in terms of special teams, Michigan has the advantage as they have the No. 2 ranked special teams unit in the country, compared to Michigan State, which has the No. 11 special teams unit.
Overall, Michigan is currently the No. 4 team in the nation (only Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State are higher) in the FEI (Fremeau Efficiency Index) ratings as Michigan State comes in at No. 26.
Folks, everybody thinks this will be a close game but I am here to tell you that Michigan is going to win by double digits on the road. And when they do, Spartans head coach Mel Tucker will realize that he is never going to win big at MSU and if LSU comes calling, he will hop on the opportunity.
Final score prediction:
Michigan State 17