What is Dispatches from Blogfrica? Pretty simple: I ask questions of a blogger for an opposing team; he answers. A truly revolutionary idea, no? Next up: Chris from The Only Colors, SB Nation's excellent blog for all things Sparty.
1) It seems weird to be talking about "must win" league games in the second week of January, but you did so here and I did so here, so it's clear that we're operating on similar wavelengths. Given the quality of the Big Ten this year, wins figure to be precious. Can you make a brief argument for why Michigan State needs this win more than Iowa?
I don't know if I can say MSU needs it more than Iowa. I'd venture both teams need it equally. MSU needs it if it wants to win the Big Ten, while I imagine Iowa needs this if it wants to have a case for the NCAA Tournament. This is the second of a four-game stretch that has to be four wins for MSU if it wants to win the Big Ten. After that is a gauntlet that includes six of 11 games on the road, while the five home games are Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota. So this is No. 2 in what has to be a four-game winning streak for MSU to have a chance.
Thanks for being a good sport, Chris. You can check out Chris and the rest of the TOC crew at The Only Colors. You can also follow him on Twitter at @ChrisVannini and The Only Colors at @TheOnlyColors. The Iowa-Michigan State game is in East Lansing on Thursday, January 10 at 6:00pm CT, with television coverage from ESPN.