As soon as the match-up with Alabama was announced, Vegas set an opening line close to 10 points for The Crimson Tide, even though MSU lost only a single game by a only single point after a nationally publicized bad call by the officials. We know Vegas makes lines based on what people will bet, but as such, they are a frequent index of the public view of a team or a game.
Public opinion is largely guided by viewpoints expressed in the media, and we awoke yesterday to the following anti-Spartan campaign:
On 730-AM Lansing sports radio Monday morning, the hosts were criticizing Connor Cook and Mark Dantonio. They said Dantonio should not have shared his innermost feelings by saying he sometimes felt his team was "favored" by the heavens above. They also picked on Cook for misunderstanding protocol expectations in a ceremony that was never rehearsed and was held immediately after he had been in the highest level of athletic competition for more than four hours; even though Cook clearly apologized, it was still considered a story.
On the "Huge Bill Simonson" Show Monday afternoon, his question-of-the-day was, "Do the Spartans stand a chance against Alabama?" All one can say is WOW. MSU has outscored every team it has played except one that finished with one more point. How likely IS a blowout in this match-up, Bill?
The Detroit Free Press published an article suggesting that MSU was a "sacrificial lamb" for Alabama. The infamous Drew Sharp claimed that the only reason Michigan State moved up two spots in the polls was because Oklahoma would have had a home-field advantage in Dallas (or some such reasoning).