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Michigan State (2-2) vs. BYU (2-3) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Network: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Why BYU Will Win
Michigan State can’t score.
The Spartan offense did the same things last year with an attack that sputtered at times, but it turned it on when it had to, especially in the fourth quarter. This year’s O is moving the ball okay, and it’s been great-looking at times, but it’s not consistent and it’s not going on the long scoring drives needed.
While the offense is able to grind things out and control the clock, getting points has been like pulling teeth – outside of an early pop against Notre Dame.
BYU has been through everything now and can adapt to seemingly every style – it can handle getting into the muck.
It slugged it out against Utah, played tight battles with UCLA and Arizona, and got into shootouts against West Virginia and Toledo. The defense might not be stellar – it certainly wasn’t against the Rockets – but it’s been fine against some nice running games and should be able to hold up against the Michigan State power.
The Spartan passing attack hasn’t shown enough to prove it can crank up the production if the ground game isn’t working. However …
Why Michigan State Will Win
Tyler O’Connor, it’s time to get throwing.
He’s been accurate against everyone but Wisconsin, throwing for two touchdowns or more and completing 60% of his passes in every other game, and now he has a shot to start opening it up a bit against a BYU secondary that just got torched.
The Cougars have allowed over 300 yards in each of the last three games, getting hit for 307 yards by UCLA’s Josh Rosen and 332 yards by West Virginia’s Skyler Howard before Toledo’s Logan Woodside bombed away for 505 yards and five scores.
Worst of all, the Cougars aren’t making enough plays – except for a few really big ones. Opposing quarterbacks are hitting 71% of their throws, but the Cougars are occasionally making up for the problems with picks, intercepting nine passes to far including two last week.
It’s not desperation time for the Spartans – this game doesn’t really matter for them in the big picture of things – but now it’s time to experiment a bit. They’ve got to start roaring in Big Ten play starting next week, and roaring against the BYU defense would do wonders.
Now the Spartans have to prove they can do it.
What’s Going To Happen?
BYU RB Jamaal Williams won’t run for 286 yards and five scores like he did against Toledo, but he could have a nice first half considering how banged up the MSU linebacking corps is, and with DT Malik McDowell being suspended for the first half after getting nailed for a targeting call against Indiana.
Michigan State just isn’t sharp enough yet to make this easy, and BYU has played five straight tight games all decided by three points or fewer. It’ll be another fight, but finally, the Spartan offense will get physical enough in the fourth quarter to let everyone breathe a sigh of relief.
Michigan State vs. BYU Prediction
Final Score: Michigan State 30, BYU 27
Line: Michigan State -6, o/u: 49.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 1
Must See Rating: 5: Baldwin as Trump – 1: Masterminds … 3.5