Marcha 25, 2018

How Michigan State exposed Michigan's offensive problems in upset

11 Octubre 2017, 03:55 | Crisanna Felipe

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EAST LANSING MI- SEPTEMBER 30 Spartans safety David Dowell and Spartans cornerback Josiah Scott celebrate an incomplete pass during a Big Ten Conference NCAA football game between Michigan State and Iowa

The Wolverines wilted after that as Eddie McDoom dropped a pass and they had to back up 5 yards due to a delay-of-game penalty. Bachie was good for ten tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one interception, and one pass defensed, and helped the Spartans emerge victorious in the battle of MI.

But Harbaugh wouldn't say so while at the podium.

Saturday night, we learned that Michigan still has a Michigan State problem. MI also lost for the first time and fell to No. 17.

The win in Ann Arbor improved Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio to an 8-3 record against Michigan, and now 2-1 against Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.

There are two overriding story lines, which were revealed during Michigan State's 14-10 victory over Michigan Saturday night.

"We've actually tracked how we play after our big games". This has become a hallmark of Fleck's staff as Western Michigan was second in the nation previous year in time of possession at 34:03. Since Speight's exit O'Korn has picked up the slack, leading the Wolverines to win a win over Purdue before falling to Michigan State.

Minnesota has struggled to move the football during it's two-game losing streak, and neither Purdue or Maryland have the defense that Michigan State has. Winovich had seven tackles against Michigan State and appears to be on his way to All-Big Ten honors if he can continue this type of production.

Last season brought more heartbreaking losses for Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

MI has fallen short of the college football playoffs and the Big 10 Championship in recent years, and this loss only makes it harder for the Wolverines to have shot at the title. Georgia vs. Vanderbilt (noon on ESPN) earned a 1.3 overnight, up 30% from last year's similar game (Auburn vs. Mississippi State) and Cal vs. Washington earned a 1.1 overnight, flat with last year's same game (Washington State vs. Stanford).

Ultimately, all Harbaugh was left with was blaming the officials.

And truth be told, it's already done enough through five games, allowing 3.63 yards per play, 213 per game and just eight touchdowns. And his post-game rant inspired memes and t-shirts.

Michigan State (21st) is one of four teams that moved into the rankings.

The ACC title game could mean a date with now undefeated Miami (though I'm not buying them as a real contender) or a rematch with Virginia Tech (those can get tricky sometimes).

"We're a young team and a lot of guys had never played in this game before or had not had many snaps in this game". Sure, Michigan can still win the Big Ten, but it looks far from Big Ten championship-caliber.

As for Michigan State, it's kind of unclear what the bowl projection experts think of Sparty. I wasn't overly shocked when they lost to Iowa State.

Overall, the upsets this weekend prove one thing: You can not underestimate any team in college football. Speight is expected to miss several weeks with his injury. MI is No. 1 on three-and-outs. The Spartans have held Iowa and MI to a combined 20 points and have allowed 14 or less points in three of its four games this season overall.

Now the Hoosiers get back into conference play as they host #17 Michigan, who lost to unranked rival Michigan State last Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor. If Harbaugh and the Wolverines fall again to Ohio State, then some serious questions will need to be asked about the program moving forward. "They'll probably be sharper and more detailed than ever".

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