Michigan State Spartans (M.S.U.) (3-2 Overall. 0-1 Big Ten) vs. Indiana Hoosiers (I.U.) (2-2 Overall. 0-1 Big Ten)
Saturday October 6, 2012 at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, I.N. T.V.: Big Ten Network at noon
Last week: M.S.U. lost 17-16 vs. Ohio State University: I.U. lost vs. Northwestern University 44-29.
For the first time this year, Michigan State will play outside the state of Michigan. Bloomington, I.N. is only a five hour drive from E.Lansing, combined that with the fact that the Hoosiers are quite possibly the worst team in the Big Ten and it’s hard to call this game a true “road test”. What is a test for M.S.U. is how well they respond mentally after a close lose to Ohio State last week. Losing your conference home opener is not the way you want to start the Big Ten season. M.S.U. still has high hopes to return to the Big Ten Championship game and ultimately gain a trip to the Rose Bowl. That journey begins Saturday against a team it should easily beat.
I.U. comes into tomorrow’s game with the worst defense in the Big Ten, giving up an astonishing 449 yards a game. That should help M.S.U.’s offense continue to build some continuity heading into the heart of their schedule which begins next week at home against Iowa. Besides the continued improvement in the passing game, what M.S.U. needs most are guys to, as coach Dantonio is fond of saying, “make plays”. Nothing defined that mantra more than Keith Mumphery’s electrifying 29 yard touchdown run and catch last week, which included bowling over multiple Ohio State defenders.
As I watched Mumphery’s incredible effort, I was reminded of numerous extra effort plays that Blair White, Keith Nichol, Keyshawn Martin and others constantly made in years past. In a game that isn’t nearly as hyped as others, this Spartans team needs to find out who else besides Mumphery is willing to make plays not just when they can but when they have to. With a weak opponent and still plenty to play for, Spartan nation should get a good look at what this team is made of and importantly find the players that are willing to step forward to move this team over the hump.
What to expect: The defense and offense should both be hungry for this one. The offense needs to get moving and quickly before their lack of productivity sinks this season. The defense should accept the test to shut down the suprisingly efficient I.U. freshman quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Sudfeld threw for over 150 yards in each of his second half apperances to go along with three touchdowns. Sudwell played so well in fact that the Hoosiers nearly came back to beat Ball State and Northwestern after being down by double digits in both games.
Final Score Prediction: M.S.U.: 24 Indiana:13
About the Author
Written by Andre' Wiegand
A life long Michigan State University Spartan fan! My grandfather played on the Spartan O-Line back in 1951 and my family has been Spartan fans since. 1999 M.S.U. graduate (JMC). Currently live in Grand Rapids, MI with my wife and two sons.