Rating Michigan State's 2011 Football Schedule

Alex BrooksContributor IAugust 16, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 09:  Steve Nichol #7 of the Michigan State Spartans runs past J. T. Floyd #12 of the Michigan Wolverines after catching a 42 yard pass compleation from Kirk Cousins #8 during the third quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines on October 9, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Michigan Spartans defeated the Michigan Wolverines 34-17  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Time to rate the best and worst games based on how excited/sleepy I think I’ll be come game day. Each game is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most excited obviously. Without further adieu, here are the top five best/worst games in the 2011 season.

5. Northwestern: I love watching Dan Persa play and the Wildcats are always a dark horse team with Pat Fitzgerald behind the reins. With the game at Evanston this year it could, again, be a great match up. Excitement Rating: 6.5

4. Ohio State: Who ISN’T salivating with the thought of coming out of Columbus with a victory? Even without Tressel, Pryor, Herron, etc this is still a good team with a monstrous D-Line and I am very excited for this one. Excitement Rating: 7

3. Nebraska: I’m a huge Cornhuskers fan. Not obsessive or anything, but a fan. Taylor Martinez is a serious threat and Bo Pelini scares the crap out of me. This could be the toughest game on the schedule and could very well decide the division. Excitement Rating: 8.5

2. Michigan: ‘Nuff said. Or maybe not… With the game in East Lansing and with the usual Walmart Wolverines geared up for another season of chanting “Little brother” and “Smoke green, blow white” I am very excited to abuse the maize and blue for the fourth year in a row. Excitement Rating: 9.5

1. Wisconsin. It is homecoming. It is a night game. It is Wisconsin. It is Russell Wilson. It will probably be the best game of the year. The atmosphere will be incredible and the two teams will be fired up after last year’s game where the Spartans delivered Wisconsin their only loss of the season. I am very excited, nay, pumped. This game will be LEGEN- wait for it… DARY! Excitement Rating: 10

Now the five worst games on the schedule that will not be exciting in the slightest.

5. Minnesota: This is a Minnesota team that will be having a down year. Now my track record with the Minnesota fans is not the best, but come on guys, be realistic. Your team is far from elite. They are in the rebuilding process and this match up should not be a close one. Excitement Rating: 3

4. Indiana: I really do like the Hoosiers. One of my best friends goes there, so there is no doubt there will be a friendly rivalry for me. But I cannot imagine that this game stands out that much for others. Like Minnesota, Indiana is in the rebuilding process, having to replace their head coach and starting quarterback. Excitement Rating: 3

3. Youngstown State: The only reason this game isn’t higher is because its a night game, the first game of the year and Dantonio has connections to the school. Undoubtedly, it should be a blow out, but it should be a fun atmosphere nonetheless. Excitement Rating: 2.5

2. Central Michigan: The Chips will be fired up when they roll into East Lansing, especially after what they did to the Spartans a few years ago. I haven’t forgotten. But this is a very, very, very different team than what it once was. The in-state rivalry sort of gives it a little bit of flare, but not much. Excitement Rating: 2

1. Florida Atlantic: Really? Florida Atlantic? This is the same week as the Michigan/Notre Dame night game, so this game will get ZERO attention, even from me. (I have a ticket to the Michigan game that week, but I’m still deciding which team to root for. Which team do I hate less?) Excitement Rating: Doesn’t deserve a rating

Also for funsies I thought I would make a quick list of the top 10 teams I would want to see Michigan State play. I encourage everyone to make their own list and post it in the comment section.

10. LSU

9. Florida State

8. Alabama (rematch)

7. TCU

6. Boise State (Scheduled for 2012. SO EXCITED)

5. USC

4. Miami

3. Oklahoma

2. Florida

1. Texas