A projected close game makes for a lot of different opinions. Two, anyhow.
Here is a hodgepodge of picks on Saturday’s Michigan State-Iowa game:
Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World Herald: Iowa, 16-13.
Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman: MSU, 19-7.
Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com: Bennett likes the Spartans, 13-10. Rittenberg takes Iowa, 20-17.
The Detroit Free Press’ panel: Drew Sharp and Jeff Seidel pick Iowa. Joe Rexrode, the paper’s beat-writer for MSU, sides with the Spartans.
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: One team has momentum, a quarterback with wheels and a coach who has squelched the buyout talk. See where I’m headed here? Iowa.
Josh Slagter, Mlive.com: Iowa, 19-13.
BTN.com panel: Tom Dienhart and Stephen Bardo say Iowa. Brent Yarina and Sean Merriman favor MSU.
Al Burke, SaturdayBlitz.com: Iowa, 16-10.
Chris Vannini, The Only Colors: Iowa, 17-13.
And finally, is it Christmas?