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On Paper Manchester City vs Manchester United Sunday 11am NBC Sports The world’s biggest Derby isn’t in early May in Louisville…it’s in Manchester, England. The two Manchester teams enter this early Barclay’s Premiership match with identical records, 2-1-1, and both coming off big wins in their debut Champions League Group stage. United seems to have reevaluated it’s game plan following a loss to Liverpool, and has seen Wayne Rooney remind us, and himself, of how great he can be. He has scored 3 goals in his last two games, including 2 great free kicks. Moyes has gained control by inserting some new blood in the lineup with Fellaini and the young Janujaz playing quality minutes. Manchester City has yet to face a big opponent this season, but has a bad loss against Cardiff City and a disappointing draw versus Stoke. The team will have their sights on victory against rival United and look to make some noise in the race to the title. They did have a breakout game against FC Viktoria as their big names propelled them to a 3-0 win with Toure, Aguero, and Dzeko all scoring. Etihad Stadium will be rocking and City will look to protect their pitch. 100′s of millions of viewers will tune in for what will be a great match between two of the world’s biggest clubs. I think United’s form is top class at the moment with Van Persie and Rooney on the same page but world class defenders like Vincent Kompany will be ready to stop the attack. This will be a great way to start your Sunday before NFL games start. @StraitSportsG Pick City 1 United 2 Upset Potential Michigan State vs Notre Dame Saturday @3:30 PM ABC ND -5 The biggest asset for the Irish last year was defense. The biggest problem this year may be defense! The team allowed 24 pts and nearly lost to a poor Purdue team. It all could be going wrong for Notre Dame at South Bend as their struggling defense welcome in the rival Spartans. They face a Michigan State team that hasn’t played top opponents but statistically has the nations top defense including scoring 4 of the first 6 TD’s for MSU. Tommy Rees has been competent so far with over 900 yds with 7 td’s and just 2 ints. Yet, the defense has given up the 24 to Purdue in a victory and an abysmal 41 to Michigan in a loss. Sparty sophmore Connor Cook threw for 4 TD’s in his first major action of the season against Youngstown State and will hold the keys to the MSU offense. This game looks to be a shootout and the loss will be a huge disappointment for either team. You would think Notre Dame at home and senior QB at the helm how could they lose…but the magical season of 2012 may disappear as quickly as Manti’s girlfriend. @StraitSportsG Pick MSU 28 ND 31 Don’t Bother Nick Saban Rumors Nick Saban is going to Texas….Nick Saban is never leaving Alabama….Nick Saban is going to Dallas…Nick Saban plays Jazz Flute…College football’s biggest name is Nick Saban, so it’s important if he is leaving Tuscaloosa but let’s not talk about it for the next 5 months. If he decides to jump ship from a guaranteed chance at a national title to rebuild Texas, then good luck to him. If he stays at Alabama to try to upend the legend of Bear Bryant, then good luck to him. Nick Saban can do whatever he wants. Do I think he should leave for Texas…no. Do I think he can be considered the greatest college coach of all time with another National Championship…yes. The media is going to build up Texas as some type of Taj Mahal of college football but to anyone outside of Texas and under the age of 40, it’s not a juggernaut. They have had a nice program with big money and great recruits but only one title since 1970. Talking heads will over dramatize their importance but there may be 10 programs that have been more relevant in the last 30 years. With Saban at the helm, Texas would again find it’s glory but if he stays in Bama, they will continue their relative success. I just don’t want to talk about until Mack Brown leaves or Nick Saban shows up in orange yelling “Hook ‘Em Horns”
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