Michigan vs. Michigan State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Michigan vs. Michigan State fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan (4-0) vs. Michigan State (3-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
Finally, Michigan got past the pain and anguish of past disasters with a win over Michigan State last season, but it was a fight to get there.
But that was a wounded and weak Spartan team in the midst of a miserable season. This is the moment when it can show it’s back to form, and to do it by stomping on a strong Michigan season would make it that much sweeter.
Yeah, the Spartans lost to Notre Dame, but that’s a very, very good Irish team. A brilliant defensive performance against Iowa made up for it, and now there’s hope.
Beat the Wolverines, and with Minnesota, Indiana and Northwestern to follow, there’s a chance to go on a big-time run.
And there’s a chance to put the pressure on Jim Harbaugh again in a Needs To Win A Truly Big Game As The Michigan Head Man headline sort of way.
For all the faults, and all the struggles at times, Michigan is still 4-0 with four blowout wins. It’s going to be a battle to get through the inconsistencies, the quarterback concerns, and all the new parts still coming together, but with two weeks off to get ready, it all has to come together in a hurry.
The next two games – Indiana and Penn State – are on the road, and four of the next six are away from Ann Arbor before the Ohio State game.
But this is more than that. Michigan can’t let the Serena in this relationship – going 7-2 in the last nine games – take the rivalry back.
One Reason Why Michigan Will Win
For all of the worries and concerns about the lost personnel and the changes to the defensive side, there hasn’t been even the slightest blip.
Michigan has allowed six touchdowns in the first four games of the season, and two of them came from the Florida defense picking off Wilton Speight.
The Iowa defense that was run over by Saquon Barkley and Penn State loaded up and shut down the Spartans to a dead stop at times on the ground, allowing just 88 yards with most of them coming from QB Brian Lewerke scrambles. Star RB LJ Scott was bottled up for 28 yards on just 14 carries.
And now Sparty gets to deal with a rested Wolverine defensive front that leads the nation in run defense.
Florida, Cincinnati and Purdue combined for 109 rushing yards and one Bearcat score, and run first/run only Air Force was held to just 168 yards.
Led by the Big Ten’s leading pass rusher, Chase Winovich, Michigan leads the nation in sacks per game and has destroyed opposing backfields all year long.
Michigan State will have to pass to win. That’s going to be a problem.
One Reason Why Michigan State Will Win
Just how much do you believe in John O’Korn?
Wilton Speight was a problem at times, but before getting knocked out for a few weeks hurt, he was at least a veteran presence for a young and emerging Wolverine O. O’Korn is also a veteran, but he’s still the No. 2 guy.
And he’s overdue to start throwing lots of picks.
New team, older player, but interceptions were the big problem at Houston, where he gave up eight in just five games after giving away four in the final two games of his seemingly-breakthrough freshman season.
Fantastic against Purdue, he completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and a score with an interception, but now he has to deal with a lathered up Michigan State secondary that’s fifth in the nation in pass efficiency D that’s allowed just one touchdown pass.
What’s Going To Happen
Can Michigan overcome the upcoming O’Korn mistakes?
The Michigan State run defense that stuffed Iowa for just 18 yards will rise up again and keep the Wolverines from pounding away, and O’Korn will make two big errors to make things interesting.
But the Wolverine defense will make up for the problems.
The Spartans will have a whole slew of big chances, but settling for field goals instead of touchdowns will be a huge problem.
Matt Coughlin will hit three field goals, but the door will be left open for the Wolverines to go through.
Michigan’s defense will help flip the field at times in the second half, O’Korn will rebound with a few late big plays as Harbaugh’s bunch pulls away late.
Michigan vs. Michigan State Prediction
Michigan 27, Michigan State 16
Michigan -10, o/u: 39.5
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