(898) have both accumulated more passing yards, but also remember that defenses have been able to focus in on Michigan State’s passing game because the Spartans have a middle-of-the-pack ground attack, unlike Indiana and Nebraska. That loss to the Chippewas is still the only time under Dantonio that Michigan State has lost to a Mid-American Conference team.
While the Chips have had a couple of moral victories against power conference teams, it would really take a colossal effort here. Dantonio said true freshman Josh Butler will be called upon and former starter Darian Hicks, who missed a good chunk of training camp with mononucleosis, will also contribute. Player Who Matters Who’s stepping up and taking over as the star linebacker of the Michigan State defense with Ed Davis out? It will be interesting to see if the Chippewas can force Michigan State QB Connor Cook to look elsewhere. The Spartans will try to look the part and avoid an upset – a week after top-ranked Ohio State struggled with Northern Illinois. – The University of Michigan women’s soccer team lost for the first time in Big Ten play, falling, 3-0, at Michigan State on Friday (Sept. 25) at DeMartin Soccer Stadium. “She’s just got that toughness, and plus she’s a very good soccer player, so she was very poised in that second half and came away with balls that were scary around our box”.
IN STRIDE: Michigan State hasnt been ranked this high since 1966, but the Spartans finished at No. 3 two seasons ago and tied at No. 5 last season, so this isnt a huge change from the norm for this group. Klatt joined Colin Cowherd Thursday and told listeners that he voted the Spartans No. 1 in the country because he thinks they’ve “earned” it. He also praised the job that head coach Mark Dantonio has done in East Lansing. “We have good running backs and a good offensive line, but it takes a lot of different pieces to run the football”. “We know people are going to give us their best shot”. Cook may need to spread the ball around a bit more as the season progresses.
Burbridge was limited last summer after breaking his foot, but he was ready when the season started, and he’s surpassed 100 yards in each of Michigan State’s first three games. The contest was sent into overtime after an incredible 27-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Rush to tight end Ben McCord in the final seconds.
The Spartans will start Saturday’s game against the Chippewas without two of their three projected starting linebackers going into the season.
FAMILIAR FOES: Michigan State’s biggest in-state matchup, of course, comes next month against Michigan, but the Spartans opened the season with a win at Western Michigan, and now they’ll host CMU.