What happened and what mattered in the Week 5 of the Big Ten college football season?
5. Michigan State 31, Central Michigan 20
Michigan State just isn’t going to make anything easy this year.
But it still remains to be seen – is this going to be a Michigan State team that doesn’t make anything easy, and then pitches gems against the Michigans and Penn States of the world, or is it just a mediocre team that was way overrated and overloved this offseason?
Before overreacting, Michigan State had this without a whole lot of trouble. The final score is closer than the actual game.
It took the Spartans a while to get warmed up, and it took a little trickery for Central Michigan to score late, but the optics still aren’t great.
The running game still doesn’t work. With no LJ Scott, the Spartans averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. Brian Lewerke was just okay – hitting 16-of-25 passes for 185 yards and a pick – but he ran for two scores.
The pass rush was fine, and the team turned it on when it had to in the first half and coasted, but …
It would be nice to see a totally dominant performance out of this team.
Michigan State has a way of expending just enough energy to get by the bad teams. But it has one more shot to turn it on with a home date against Northwestern up next, and then it’s Penn State and Michigan time.