Brady Hoke – Michigan State – Press Conference Notes

Brady Hoke:

On MSU: “They are a good football team. I think they’ve come a long way from earlier in the season … Their whole offense has really taken off and you can see it … Their defense is as good as any and that’s going to be a real challenge for us. Playing up in East Lansing is always a little bit of a challenge … We are excited, it’s going to be a fun week.”

On physicality: “We’ve been inconsistent in that department … I think there were 27 of them who were in East Lansing two years ago, they understand that it is physical … and it starts with the physicality that Michigan State will play with.”

Importance of this game: “It is an important football game when you look at where we want to be and where they want to be at the end of November.”

What needs to improve: “Our special teams need to get better. I don’t think we’ve punted the ball as well as we need to … Big plays, defensively, we can’t give up those big plays and we can’t have lapses … From an offensive standpoint you always want to be able to have a running game”.”

On building an identity: “There is no doubt that I think every part of this game, from offense to the defense and every fabric of whatever it is, you are going to find something out about your team.”

On Devin Gardner: “You can’t give the ball away, and I think they lead the conference in turnover margin, but we’ve got to do a great job of taking care of the football, a great job of decision-making.”

On MSU’s offense: “I think their offensive line is better, I think they are playing better together as a group. I think Langford is a very patient back … I think the quarterback situation is settled now and there’s not a question of who’s going to play and who’s not going to play.”

On MSU: “We don’t like them, either. This isn’t an admiration society. It’s a great rivalry. You’ve got two teams that are about 45 miles apart and that’s what it is.”

Betting The Big Ten

Using the lines from, I’m going to attempt to pick three lines around Big Ten Games that I would bet on with jelly beans:

1) Putting aside rivalries my first pick would be to take Michigan State to beat Ohio State. Ohio State is currently favored by 3.5, but right now the Spartans are the third best team in the conference. They are clearly better than Ohio State and a loss would be a letdown for them in my opinion.

2) In the individual player section, Russell Wilson is favored by 48.5 total yards over Taylor Martinez. I’d favor Taylor Martinez as Wisconsin will stick to the run game and jump ahead in the first half. I can see Wilson leading this bet until the 4th quarter, when Martinez’s garbage yardage carries him to the victory.

3) In the team lines games, I would take Wisconsin to cover the three first down spread against Nebraska. Its not hard to imagine the Badger offense rolling down the field several times and racking up many first downs while Nebraska scores a few times on long plays and gets a bunch of first downs at the end, but not enough to pull within three of the Russell Wilson led Badger O.

Profile for 2011 U of M Commit Antonio Poole

  • Name: Antonio Poole
  • Position: Outside Linebacker
  • Height & Weight: 6’2” 210 lbs.
  • High School: Winton Woods Warriors (OH)
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Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

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