Michigan Game Preview: Michigan State

Michigan 3-4 (1-2) vs Michigan State Spartans 6-1 (3-0)

East Lansing, Michigan

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
3:30 pm EST

What to Expect:

Michigan’s struggles this season have been well documented, and Michigan State has dominated the conference now for close to two years, so this is no easy task for the Wolverines. With a potent running attack and Connor Cook developing into a serious quarterback threat, Michigan has it’s hands full on Saturday. Devin Gardner needs to be on his “A” game this week, or Michigan could find themselves down double digits in a hurry.

This is a historic rivalry, so I do believe Michigan will be playing with something to prove, especially having two weeks to prepare for the Spartans. Even though the time to prepare was the same last season, I expect a different result. Michigan State is hungry for a second Rose bowl appearance, and Michigan is looking to play spoiler. I expect smashmouth football all day, which will be no easy task against two stout defenses.

Key Players

Jeremy Langford is a workhorse in the backfield for the Spartans, which only means we will be seeing him with the football in his hands for a good portion of the game. That will open up the possibility of play-action, and the Wolverines need to be aware of Connor Cook’s arm.

Michigan has a chance to shake up things in the Big Ten, so they should have a fiery spirit about them on Saturday. Although they will be without sophomore running back Derrick Green, they have serviceable backs to carry the workload. Devin Gardner has the ability to lead this team to a win, but only if Gardner can stay upright and take care of the football. It’s a suspect offensive line, which will need to fend off a vicious defensive front, so they better pack a lunch.

Michigan State 28 – Michigan 10
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