Tony gives you his picks for the 2007 season

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I’m drinking that green kool-aid.  I really am. I shouldn’t be. I’ve been a Spartan fan my whole life and I’ve had my hopes up to begin the year, only to be let down in December. Well folks, for the three of you that care, my hopes are back up. I’m not suggesting that the team is going to 13-0. That’s completely unrealistic, and out of this world. But is it too much to ask for this team to go a respectable 6-6? Not only that, I’m saying that the team could go 8-4 with a couple bounces going their way.Â

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The depth isn’t quite there yet, but it will be. The offensive line is hurting right now, but come the Notre Dame game, they should be healthy, and ready to dominate the new 3-4 that Charlie Weis is putting in. Here are my game-by-game predictions:

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9/1/07 UAB-MSU comes out strong early, takes a big lead into the half, the second and third teamers give up a couple of late scores to make it look much close than it really was. 41-24 MSU

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9/8/07 Bowling Green-Again MSU comes out strong, but the defense gives in a little bit towards the end of the first half. Jehuu runs over the BGSU D for 100 yards in the first half, thanks to two big runs. 35-17 MSU

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9/15/07 Pitt-This is MSU’s toughest challenge thus far, but the team pulls away late to get the victory and start 3-0 for the third straight year. 21-10 MSU

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9/22/07 at Notre Dame-The fighting Irish will be fired up coming in to this game after starting the year on a 0-3 skid after getting embarrassed by that blue team to our southeast. It won’t matter. Brian Hoyer will have is best game as a starter, and the Spartans will push ND’s record to 0-4 and dropping the Irish to number 8 in the polls. 31-21 MSU

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9/29/07 at Wisconsin-This will result in the Spartan’s first and worst defeat of the young football season. This Wisconsin team is the real deal, and could challenge for a national title before all is said and done. 42-14 UW

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10/6/07Â Northwestern-The Spartans come back home for the second game of the Big Ten season, and get taken to the wire by a resilient and tough (just like their coach) Wildcat team but squeak by to push the record to 5-1, one game from becoming bowl eligible. 28-27 MSU

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10/13/07 Indiana-The players want revenge from last year. The Hoosiers will be reeling still after the untimely death of their head coach. The Spartans take their first homecoming game since 2004 and become bowl eligible. 38-10 MSU

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10/20/07  at Ohio State-Jim Tressel tells Mark Dantonio that he may have coached under him, and his team may be on the way up, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to go easy on him. And he won’t. The Buckeyes take the game with relative ease, but we won’t see our coach blow up at halftime this year at the shoe. 41-21 OSU

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10/27/07 at Iowa-Here’s one of the games that I believe could go either way. The game is at Iowa, but they are not the same Iowa team that the Big Ten has seen lately. That said, I think that with the UM game the following week and the OSU beat down last week, the Spartans just won’t be in it mentally, which will turn in to an interesting week of practice. 27-10 Iowa

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11/3/07 Michigan-Here’s the game folks. The game that all Spartan fans wait for every year. Time to take on that team from Ann Arbor. The Michigan squad will come in undefeated and looking past the Spartans to its next two huge games. This will let MSU stick with them throughout the game to UM fan repulsion. Brett Swenson kicks a 4th quarter field goal, and Otis Wiley picks off Chad Henne in Spartan territory to end a late surge. MSU 17-14

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11/10/07 at Purdue-This is the second of the games that I believe could go either way. Michigan State is coming off the high of taking out its biggest rival, and finally getting the respect it deserves by climbing into the top 25 for the first time all year. This may be too much, and the Boilermaker’s could be fighting for a bowl game. Purdue 23-16

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11/17/07 Penn State-In the regular season finale, with a bowl game coming up (how great is to say that?) the Spartans come out to play, and play very hard. It’s just not enough as the Penn State offense has the same type of day that they have been showing all year, and just simply outscores MSU. PSU 42-31

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Final regular season record: 7-5

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Now, most of you will take these predictions with a grain of salt. And you should. This is the time of year when no one has lost a game yet, and ANYTHING can happen. This is Spartan football. And as coach Izzo says “We’re getting football back to where it belongs!”