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John U. Bacon on the future of Michigan State, Hoke and The Lions

Nov 13, 2014

Credit Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined us in the studio today to analyze what happened in Michigan sports this week.

You can listen to our conversation with him below:


Michigan State University

Michigan State's loss to Ohio State Saturday was a blow for the Spartans.

Bacon said the problem was very simple:

"Ohio State is better, and that's what happened."

MSU is still ranked 13th in the nation, and second to OSU in the Big Ten right now. Bacon says that's something MSU fans can cheer about.

University of Michigan

Meanwhile, Michigan very narrowly beat Northwestern with a final score of 10-9.

Such a close game typically indicates an exciting struggle. Instead, the game was characterized by both teams offenses' "self-imploding" according to Bacon.

With Michigan now 5-5, Hoke's future is still uncertain.

One more win could secure Michigan a bowl bid. They have two games left - Maryland and Ohio State. Bacon says their chances of beating Ohio State is quite slim.

Bacon says it's still unclear how long Jim Hackett will stay as interim Athletic Director and whether he will be the one to decide whether Hoke has a future with Michigan football.

Many Michigan football fans are now hoping the team loses solely so that a change in staff can be made more quickly.

The Detroit Lions

On Sunday the Lions beat the Dolphins, making their record 7-2 for the first time since 1993.

Bacon says the best thing head coach Jim Caldwell is doing right now is staying out of the way.

But when looking next at their chances against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Bacon says either team could win. The NFL is often so evenly matched that many games boil down to a few simple mistakes, and Sunday's match is still a toss up.