Saturday, October 6, 2012
Final thoughts from Week 6 games
For just the second time this year both
and won on the same day. Michigan State
Despite both coming out victorious on Saturday, the moods of both teams have to be very different.
Let’s start with the bad.
After three weeks of sloppy football, the Spartans once again came out flat against the Hoosiers. They once again dropped passes. They once again committed undisciplined penalties. They once again struggled to open up running lanes for Le’Veon Bell. They once again gave up big plays on defense.
I think that about covers it.
The offense can’t get into rhythm because the offensive line is playing so poorly. Injuries surely play a part in that, but the Spartans should have the depth on the line to move the ball against a team like
had 121 yards, but it took 37 carries again. The Spartans could barely get 1
yard when it had to, and they usually did because Bell fought his way to fall forward.
Pass protection wasn’t very strong, and when it was, it seemed like Andrew Maxwell was getting happy feet in the pocket because he was anticipating a rush that wasn’t there.
The only thing MSU can take from Saturday’s game is that it overcame a 17-point deficit, but I truly question whether it had more to do with what the Spartans did or because
went completely conservative in the second half.
The Hoosiers that took the first in the first half didn’t show up in the second half. They made it very easy for
to get the comeback victory. Michigan State
I thought Aaron Burbridge played well in his first start at receiver, but even he had a key drop on a third down. He made up for it, making some tough catches late, and I suspect he will be a strong player for the Spartans going forward.
Burbridge will have to step up, along with everyone else, if tight end Dion Sims is seriously hurt.
Saturday’s win felt similar to the
Michigan victory. It didn’t feel like it was even a win, more like
We keep waiting for
to turn things around and improve, but perhaps this is just what the Spartans are
this season. Michigan State
Saturday’s 44-13 win at Purdue was a good sign for the Wolverines.
defense continued to play strong, holding Purdue to just 213 yards, while the
offense racked up 408 yards and Denard Robinson was the Denard Robinson we have
been accustomed to watching these past three years.
If I am being picky, I would say
Michigan had a chance to put the game away
sooner in the second half, but settled for field goals instead of touchdowns.
Coming into the game, I said that
Michigan needed to be smart with its play
calling and the Wolverines were. They didn’t put Robinson in a position to have
to force tough throws. They let the running game dictate the game and used it
to set up some big pass plays.
didn’t pass for many yards, Devin Gardner and Devin Funchess made some nice
receiving plays and it appears that the Wolverines are starting to get some
playmakers other than Robinson.