Saturday. 3:30 PM. ABC. Camp-Randall Stadium. It goes down.
Over the past 2 years, the Michigan State-Wisconsin game has been probably the best, if not most important, game in the Big Ten. It has also become possibly the most heated rivalry in the Big Ten in recent years (Ohio State and Michigan fans may disagree, but come on- be real here).
Coming into this year, the game in Madison was supposed to be another huge won that could have BCS Bowl implications. And while we were wrong- horribly wrong, it’s possible that neither team will make a BCS Bowl- the game will still be exciting and heated, as the rivalry should live on. Unfortunately, this is the last time these teams will play in the regular season until 2015, which also might mean that this could be even more heated.
Enough with the pump-up talk, let’s get to the keys to the game for MSU:
Stopping Ball: The Spartans (particularly their D-Line) need to step up and hold back Montee Ball and James White. The absence of Jerel Worthy hurts the Spartans and Anthony Rashad White needs to step up his game.
Scoring points: Yes. I know it’s obvious. However, I feel the need to say this, because evidently the Spartans have a lot of trouble with this. Dan Roushar needs to take some of the load off of Le’Veon Bell, and have Maxwell get the ball in the receivers’ hands. Dion Sims is healthy and Burbridge will still be out there, so that’s two weapons for Maxwell.
Run block: While it’s necessary for the Spartans to take the load off Le’Veon Bell, he’s ultimately the best player on the offensive side of the ball and he needs to make some plays. Unfortunately, when the O-Line doesn’t block, it’s hard to do that. If the O-line can block, the Spartans will
win have a better chance of winning, considering Roushar calls better plays.
Take advantage of scoring opportunities: This one is simple. Please make field goals, Dan Conroy. Also, Spartan offense, when you’re inside the ten please try to make that a touchdown. Thank you.
Really, the Spartans just need to keep playing good defense and convert on scoring opportunities. Scoring 7-10 points in college football won’t earn teams many wins. A win against the Badgers could turn the Spartans’ season around and make it a lot more interesting.