Friday, October 19, 2012
Prediction for MSU vs. Michigan
The MSU loss to Iowa combined with the Michigan win over Purdue solidified my belief that Michigan puts an end to the losing streak to the Spartans today.
The problems for Michigan State aren't something I see being solved in a week. The key issue is with the offensive line. The injuries and lack of depth on the line has caused MSU to struggle to execute what it would like to on offense.
Le'Veon Bell is a great player, but he doesn't get the holes to really rack up the impressive numbers he is capable of.
The Michigan defense has been improving and I expect it to be able to contain the run.
The Spartans will have to win this game on the arm of Andrew Maxwell and/or the creativity of offensive coordinator Dan Roushar. I don’t believe either will happen.
Sure, the MSU defense should still pose a problem for Denard Robinson. But, the Spartan defense won’t be able to pitch a shutout.
If Michigan is smart, it will stick with the run, even if it doesn't succeed at first. Eventually some holes will open and Robinson will be able to break off a few big gains.
Michigan won’t put up the points it has in recent weeks, but it will be able to put up enough points to out-score the Spartan offense.
An inspired and physical outing for the Wolverines will end the four-game losing streak to the Spartans and keep them in line to compete for a Big Ten Championship.
Prediction: Michigan 24, Michigan State 7