Michigan vs Michigan State : Michigan State can’t run the ball. With all the various issues getting LJ Scott on the field, the Spartans have yet to pass the 165-yard mark, average just 3.4 yards per carry, and aren’t doing much of anything to control the game on the ground, only averaging four yards per carry in one game – the loss to Northwestern.Michigan vs. Michigan State: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Michigan State has to throw to win. Brian Lewerke is guaranteed to throw at least one interception, but he’s been solid, hitting 60% of his passes and throwing for over 200 yards in every game but the win over Central Michigan.
Michigan doesn’t let anyone throw.
The run defense is good, but it can be pushed a bit. For all of Wisconsin’s issues last week in the 38-13 loss, Jonathan Taylor still passed 100 yards. But Alex Hornibrook was awful, failing to complete a pass over the second and third quarters, and finishing with 100 yards for the game.
The Wolverine pass D is the best in the nation, giving up over 200 yards to SMU along with three scores – no one else has passed for more than 175 yards and the only other touchdown passes allowed came on a minor miracle Brandon Wimbush throw against Notre Dame and a garbage time late play by Hornibrook.
Michigan State: It’s been a strange season for the Spartans. They opened the season nearly losing to Utah State at home, but Utah State’s shown since then it’s a good team. The Spartans followed that win with a loss on the road to Arizona State but recovered to beat Indiana and Central Michigan in the following weeks.
Michigan: Michigan crushed Wisconsin last week, and it had to feel good for the Wolverines and their fans. Not only did it show that this is a team capable of beating some of the Big Ten’s best, but that it can thoroughly dominate them while doing so. Still, that win came at home, and winning at home hasn’t been a problem for Michigan under Jim Harbaugh.