2013-12-12 / Sports

Fat Guy’s Corner

Roses are Sparty Green

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist The Spartans are finally heading back to Pasadena, California to play in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl. The last trip for the Spartans was 1988. Yes, it's been 25 years since the Spartans have played in the Grand Daddy of them all, the Rose Bowl.

Michigan State secured its spot by taking down unbeaten Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday night. MSU jumped on them early with 17 quick points. The Buckeyes answered with 24 straight of their own points. However, Sparty punched back with 17 straight points to finish the game. Seventeen was the Spartans’ lucky number in this game as far as points go. I want to say MSU was the better team and deserved to win this game. I said they would and darn near predicted the final score exactly. Oops, broke my arm patting myself on the back!

This Spartan program is back and Mark Dantonio deserves credit for the huge turn around. Dantonio has molded this football team on defense first and it's working. The players believe in him and believe in his way of doing things. Michigan State football is in a good place right now and the future looks bright. I think the Rose Bowl game against the Stanford Cardinal will be an absolutely fabulous match up. Why, you ask? These two programs are built very much like. Defense first and then play power football on offense. The Las Vegas oddmakers have installed Stanford as two-point favorites. I personally cannot wait to watch these two football teams slug it out on New Year’s Day. The Spartys green and white colors will look good in the seats come game time at the Rose Bowl. Will the Spartys bring in the new year with a victory? I'll let you all know in a couple weeks.

Disappointment Bowl

The Michigan Wolverines have accepted an invitation to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 29 in Tempe, Arizona. The kickoff is set for 10:15 pm. The opponent will be the Kansas State Wildcats. Las Vegas has installed Kansas State as three-point favorites. Michigan fans can travel to Arizona and enjoy a nice warm vacation anyways.

The bowl game is perfect for Michigan as it has played like smelly buffalo chips all season long. One request is that somebody buy coach "Hokeless" some headsets as a holiday present. I'll chip in for it! He might have a clue to what's going on out on the football field! Michigan sidelines has cheerleaders already cheering for the crowd.

I'll give you the winner of this game in a couple of weeks, also.

Destiny calls

The National

Championship game as decided by the BCS rankings has Auburn taking on Florida State. I will say Auburn seems like a team of destiny to me. They have pulled out a couple of miracle victories to get to the championship game. Florida State has run the table and blown out every single opponent. Most of the opponents were pretty weak. That’s the only knock on them. It should be a good game, in my opinion. The prediction in a couple of weeks.

Do-or-die time

The Detroit Lions will have to earn the NFC North title by winning football games. There will be no backing into the playoffs and I am glad of that. There is absolutely no excuse for Detroit not to win its last three games. It all starts Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. The next week it's the New York Giants at home and then on the road at Minnesota. All three of these should be victories! Jim Schwartz’s coaching career as a Lion is on the line. If he fails to make the playoffs, we can say good bye to "Pittsburgh Fake Field Goal Moron." Detroit will have a new coach next season, you can bank on that.

NFL picks are up next... San Diego +10.5 over DENVER ATLANTA -6 over Washington TENNESSEE +3 over Arizona New Orleans -6 over ST. LOUIS Seattle -7 over NY GIANTS CLEVELAND -2 over Chicago INDY -6 over Houston J’VILLE +2 over Buffalo MIAMI +3 over New England MINNESOTA +4.5 over Philadelphia CAROLINA -11 over New York Jets Kansas City -4 over OAKLAND DALLAS -6 over Green Bay Cincinnati -3 over PITTS. DETROIT -6 over Balt. LAST WEEK: 7-9 SEASON : 82-89-9 BEST BET: 8-4-1 BEST BET: CAROLINA thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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