The Michigan State Spartans have won 10 games in a row. However, they haven’t won in impressive fashion in recent weeks. Therefore, the Spartans have dropped to No.7 in college football AP Top 25 Poll.
They face off with No.12 Michigan Wolverines. As everyone knows, the Wolverines are way ahead of schedule in Jim Harbaugh’s first season as head coach. Sitting at (5-1), Michigan is working on three straight shutout victories, and their defensive effort gets more impressive each week.
No.7 Michigan State Spartans vs. No.12 Michigan Wolverines
How impressive have the Wolverines been? They are now a seven point favorite over the Spartans. While the numbers don’t mean anything when the game starts, they do mean something about the state of the Michigan program. Still, Michigan must prove themselves in front of a national audience.
The Spartans have the edge at the quarterback position. Connor Cook has 12 touchdowns and two interceptions on the season. However, he did have a costly interception in the back of the end zone last week. However, Cook was able to make winning plays to defeat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Finally, Michigan State can truly show the type of team they are.
With Madre London hobbled by an ankle injury, LJ Scott will have to carry the load against college football’s best defense. How bad can it get for the Spartans? Michigan only gives up 66 rushing yards per game. If they can’t break any long runs, the Spartans will have a tough time moving the ball. The power game didn’t work for Northwestern, so there’s a chance they’ll slow the Spartans as well.
Michigan is not overly impressive offensively, but they get the job done. The passing game is pedestrian, and quarterback Jake Rudock has five touchdowns, and six interceptions. The Wolverines only gain 189 yards per game through the air. However, Rudock has three of Michigan’s 15 touchdown runs. In addition, Michigan has proved they know how to score in various ways.
Jehu Chesson knocked Northwestern out on the opening kick last week. It was his first kick return of the season, and he took it back 96 yards. Overall, the Wolverines only have five kickoff returns this season. When you only give up 181 yards of offense, the team won’t have many chances to return kickoffs.
The Wolverines have more than enough to knock off Michigan State if De’Veon Smith gets rolling. He leads Michigan with 390 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. It might be another workhorse day for the Wolverines’ running back.
Let’s just say, the Michigan Wolverines have awoken the Michigan State Spartans. However, if they put the Spartans’ offense to sleep, we could be looking at a potential College Football Playoff team. This time, the Wolverines won’t get a shutout.
Michigan State Spartans 21
Michigan Wolverines 20