Northwestern and michigan State both open Big Ten and Northwestern play, appearing to defend its Western Division crown.
The Wildcats have won eight straight regular-season Big Ten games and 15 of the past 16. They’ve also beaten Michigan State three years in a row, averaging 40.6 points each game against the Spartans.
Northwestern’s offense is trying hard to overcome injuries to important players, nevertheless. Quarterback T.J. Green was lost to the season in Northwestern’s opening game loss to Stanford.
Clemson transfer Hunter Johnson shoot at dusk, and he had a past weekend, passing for 165 yards on 12-of-25 passing.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald seems like he’s expecting Johnson for a game director, not the star.
“He took what the defense gave him. He did not attempt to force anything,” Fitzgerald said in his weekly press conference.
At back, northwestern is banged up. Isaiah Bowser suffered a knee injury. He’s been practicing but overlooked the UNLV game.
Jesse Brown went leaving the chores to Drake Anderson, who ran for 141 yards
The Spartans come to Evanston with one of the greatest defenses in the country.
Michigan State is allowing 23.3 yards per game to the ground, good for the No. 2 rushing defense.
The Spartans would be the No. 3 overall defense, at 216 yards per game allowed.
They are even called in sacks (4.3 per game), twelfth in scoring (11.3 points allowed) and No. 20 at turnovers, together with 6.
Head coach Mark Dantonio isn’t happy, though, saying that the D needs to”be perfect” and criticizing them for permitting a late touchdown drive by Arizona State in the past week’s 10-7 loss.
On crime, Brian Lewerke, who ranks second in the Big Ten in death, and recipient Darrell Stewart, second at the league in catches leads the Spartans.
The offensive line is a problem. The Spartans are on their fourth tackle that is left, having lost AJ Arcuri and Cole Chewins in the year.
Last week, Kevin Jarvis will miss six or seven months with a knee injury and went .
The line seems skies high for a road team, however, with the crime hobbling and facing the Spartan D of Northwestern, it is difficult to see the Wildcats setting up enough points to cover. Search for Michigan State to win by double digits.
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