This week, the predictions are a far happier place. Winning fixes everything.
Except for CBS Detroit taking down the video that we were going to use this week. This is the 10th anniversary of Mike Valenti’s MAKE PLAYS rant, so we thought it was going to be perfect. Poor IrishRoo hosted a video of this rant, complete with highlights and hilarious pictures spliced in, for over five years. CBS Detroit apparently just discovered the internet on September 14th (the date they finally uploaded it themselves) and thus Roo got caught in the crossfire.
Hilariously, Roo’s video even used by SBNation’s Michigan State blog because it was one of the few complete copies out there on YouTube.
Since CBS Detroit decided to plant that flag, enjoy Golden Tate jumping into Sparty’s band repeatedly. If you’d like to relive Mike’s rant, head over to the previously linked post from The Only Colors because I’m super-petty like that.
Anyways, THE PICKS! The form is below, rules and such are found within. This week’s bonus points, hall of shame, standings, HLS staff picks, and cat picks will follow as always.
I have literally no idea what to expect anymore, but I feel good about Notre Dame 69-ing Nevada…
…I stand by it. – SupermanTDJesus
Normally, I avoid giving staff bonus points, but this is nice! +1
Pride. It’s a nasty bed fellow. It has been the fall of many an empire. And if BK doesn’t ditch his we are in for a long season.
Pride made him stick with 2 QBs last week when he knew there was only one. Pride is making him keep BVG around when he knows the end is a few games back.
Pride can also move mountains. Pride is walking into ND Stadium with heads high. Pride is joining arm-in-arm to sing the alma mater after the game. Pride will rally the boys and bring a win on Saturday. The big question is do they have enough pride to plug all the holes on defense? I think they have enough to win, but not cover. – Davie Dave
Take your +1 with pride!
Rushing TD’s from all 3 backs and continued Kizer dominance lead to an irish victory. Defense looks slightly better, more from the opponent than actual improvement. – creiter15
We need to appreciate how close to complete clairvoyance this was. Three rushing TDs, but one from Kizer. +1, close enough!
UMass Take 2. So… 2Mass? – kanka
2Mass, 2Furious. +1
Lotsa players get lotsa reps. – A68Domer
Wesa bet de Wolfpac–I’M SO SORRY I SLIPPED INTO JAR JAR MY GOD. +1
Hall of Shame
Google forms have timestamps. These people either don’t realize or don’t care. This is their moment.
Keith – You were so correct, so dead on, I’m going to give you a (negative) bonus point for every snap that Zaire took! Total: 6-25 = -19
Bogie – Bogie, I appreciate the extra effort of “Nd dominates” in the game comment section. That extra effort earns you a bonus point, plus the Zaire bonus! Total: 6+1-25 = -18
|Name||Winner||ND Score||Sparty Score?||Prop: Golden Tate Band Jump Shown||Notes|
|Irish Elvis||Michigan State||27||31||No||Brian VanGorder will be discussed in less-than-glowing terms in the aftermath.|
|andrewwinn||Michigan State||17||21||No||Corey Holmes doubles his lifetime career catch total…in just one game!|
|SupermanTDJesus||Notre Dame||33||20||Yes||Tommy Rees watches the game from his toilet, where he is eating a sandwich and drinking a 40, cuz Tommy Rees DGAF about no Spartans. Kizer has a good day but his receivers let him slide a bit, and the defense forces 2 turnovers. Michigan State is penalized into oblivion in the second half.|
|ndtex||Notre Dame||34||23||No||The bottom line for me: I can't see how a team that struggled against FURMAN manages to keep up with the Irish offense on the road. I don't care if they had a bye. I don't care if the games are usually close, I'm taking this small spread and running all the way to the damn bank with it.
Here's to St. Brown becoming our new patron Saint of band diving.
|Biscuit||Michigan State||17||23||Oh boy! Now we get into the meat. Sparty is back, and predicted to be pretty darn good. While ND is hovering in the 9-13ish range pre-season, Sparty is rocking their own Top 6-11ish ranking. Dantonio can coach everybody, in case you didn’t know.
Sparty is gonna bring what they bring: hard-nosed D, a good running game, a white dude that can somehow run against Notre Dame (only) and a running back that will drive us INSANE. I haven’t even looked at the depth chart and this is truth.
I don’t think we can pull this one out though. Too many key losses and Sparty is primed for a run. Blah. I hate predicting losses, but can’t find a way despite the home advantage.
ND loses 17-23
leprechaun6 One Dancing Freaking Leprechaun. Going to be a tight one, we could surprise and shock the Spartans. Here’s to hoping my genius is stupid on this day.
|Bayou Irish||Notre Dame||38||32||Yes||"A rolling reversal would work well in that situation."
"If I reversed in a hard-cross, I could immediately go long on him."
"At that speed, Tommy, it's too fast… It's a little bit too aggressive."
"Too aggressive… I guess when I see something I want, I go right after it."
That's why we call him Maverick. That's why flags fall when he takes the field. Today, Kizer is our Maverick.
Gulliver is 0-2 straight up and against the spread. That’s consistency! Let’s see how he’ll be wrong this week:
Well on his way to 0-3!