Because we are powerful and influential members of the Spartan Nation, the Posse viewed Saturday's Green and White game from the luxurious comfort of the new press box.
From our lofty perch, it was clear that the Spartan defense has the upper hand, though without starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell, there was bound to be some weakness on the offensive side of the ball.
Backup QB Connor Cook looked terrible in the first half, with several pics and near-pics, but we are inclined to believe this is because he was forced to run both offensive schemes.
While this gave him extra playing time, it prevented him from developing a rhythm. Often QBs can huddle on the sideline after a 3-and-out and discuss problems with patterns, coverage, blocking and so forth. But with Cook having to do double duty, there was no chance for him to adjust.
In the second half, Coach Dantonio changed things up, allowing Cook time to focus on one set of players. The third and fourth string QBs then took some snaps while he rested and adjusted. The result was a much more effective offense.
MISSING PERSONS: In addition to Maxwell and the other injured players, Larry Caper and La'veon Bell were both scarce during the game. Nick Hill was the only known running back to see much action.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FALL: In 2009, the Posse - like many observers - thrilled to the epid shootout between Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol. The high-scoring scrimmage seemed to bode well for the future. It fact, it was the harbinger of doom.
The Spartans were not the offensive powerhouse we assumed, they were simply weak on defense. Since then, both Green and White games have been underscoring grinds - and this has resulted in highly successful seasons.
Based on the highly effective secondary, the Posse expects a similar dynamic. If Maxwell can perform and the offensive line can provide adequate protection, we should do well. The schedule shows the usual tough stretch in the mid-season, with road games in Madison and Ann Arbor, bracketed with home games against Iowa and Nebraska. This stretch is tough, but less than those of previous years, leaving the Spartans solid contenders (if not outright favorites) to repeat their division championship.
MEANWHILE, SNOW EXPECTED IN ANN ARBOR: For the Skunk Bear faithful, the schedule looks a lot worse. In fact, it looks positively grim. Starting with what we predict to be a massacre at the hands of Alabama, the Wolverines then must face Air Force and Notre Dame on the road - a far cry from last year's roundup of patsies.
They also play Ohio State and Nebraska on the road, which leads me to predict that they will probably lose at least five, possibly six games (Air Force may get an upset, depending on how badly Alabama mauls them).
DEATH TO THE BCS: Rumors of some sort of playoff game leave me cold, but anything is better than the current travesty where teams can claim the national title without winning their own conference.
As a traditionalist, I much preferred the old system where rival organizations handed out rival trophies, creating a truly free market for claims to national dominance. The creation of the BCS was yet another example of how baby boomers ruined everything they inherited.
Still, a system where merit rather than attendence figures and popularity would be an improvement. One cannot simulateously claim that we are rewarding excellence while denying teams like Boise State a chance for glory because they won't sell enough tickets.
I also hope that Big Ten considers adopting a rule making conference standing a determinant over bowl selection. Last season's travesty of punishing a division champion for losing the conference title game will be repeated unless something is done.