Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Little Brother Scale after Week 2
Week 2 of the college football season was an opportunity for progress for both
Michigan and . Michigan State
The Spartans were hoping to see improvement in their offense against a weak Central Michigan defense while
Michigan was hoping to make strides on both
sides of the ball against Air Force.
Wolverine fans should feel better knowing that
Michigan should be able
to move the ball going forward. There aren’t many defenses like Alabama’s in the Big
What does have to concern
fans is that Air Force put up 25 points and 417 yards on the Wolverines. Only three times last year did a
team put up 25 points or more against Michigan and now that has already
happened twice in two games.
The loss up front from last season has clearly been an issue for
The Wolverines need to be able to rely on their defense in close games and I
don’t think that is something they can do right now. As we know, Michigan’s offense is
still limited when facing a fast and physical defense. The Wolverines still
have a few of those defenses on the schedule, so the Michigan defense will need to step up in
those games. Playing UMass this week should help create some confidence on the
defensive side of the ball.
For MSU, the Spartans dominated
Michigan and didn’t allow a touchdown on defense for the second
It appears the Spartans’ defense is as good as advertised, but this week against Notre Dame will really tell us if the Spartans have a top 5 defense.
Andrew Maxwell and the young MSU receivers made improvements against the Chippewas as well, but it appears that the Spartans have a simple formula for success.
MSU will use its defense to keep the score low, manage the game offensively with a steady diet of Le’Veon Bell, and put Maxwell in low-stress situations where he can succeed and not cost
the game. Michigan State
Right now, MSU is much better built to play its style of football than
is to play its style.
For that reason,
fans have to be growing more concerned about Oct. 20, and I see the Spartans
taking another slight step up in the Little Brother Scale
LITTLE BROTHER SCALE: MSU 17¾,