Michigan State wasn’t perfect in their Week 1 win over Bowling Green, but they looked pretty damn good for a team full of freshmen and sophomores. But Week 2 isn’t going to be nearly as easy.
Western Michigan, even after they stopped rowing the boat, is a good team. The Spartans will prove a lot to the country if they can pull off this win. The staff at The Only Colors makes their predictions for how Michigan State will fair.
And because, as everyone knows, Michigan State produces only the best students, we did the extra credit of predicting the rest of the Big Ten.
*Picks made before the Purdue game Friday night
Michigan State 27 – Western Michigan 20
I think the game will be close throughout and the the team that is able to control the clock and run the ball more effectively will prevail. Western Michigan had a great rushing attack against USC, amassing 263 yards on the ground. However, WMU's defense also allowed 232 yards on the ground and their passing game on offense is not a big concern despite Michigan State's young secondary. While LJ Scott struggled in Week 1, there are not many backfields in college football I would rather have than Michigan State's. I expect Scott to bounce back, Lewerke to make plays with both his arm and his legs and Gerald Holmes and Madre London to run the ball well, too. On defense, while the Michigan State front seven is not as highly vaunted as USC's, I think the Spartans will perform better than the Trojans did and help secure a close victory for MSU.
Big Ten Predictions
Purdue 31, Ohio 16
Northwestern 28, Duke 24
Maryland 52, Towson 17
Michigan 33, Cincinnati 13
Iowa State 35, Iowa 31 (upset pick)
Wisconsin 49, Florida Atlantic 10
Penn State 31, Pittsburgh 21
Rutgers 19, Eastern Michigan 14
Indiana 34, Virginia 23
Oregon 42, Nebraska 31
Ohio State 38, Oklahoma 28
Western Kentucky 25, Illinois 17
Minnesota 20, Oregon State 14
Michigan State 28 – Western Michigan 21
This will be a great early test for the Spartans. WMU is battle-tested and, as evidenced by last year's run to the Cotton Bowl and last week's impressive showing at USC, not afraid of the big moment. Playing in Spartan Stadium will not intimidate them.
MSU on the other hand is unproven, a lot of these players are starting or playing extensively for the first time this season and it showed last week against Bowling Green. But so did the talent.
The Spartans will win this game if they can slow WMU's running attack and not turn the ball over like they did a week ago. I think they do it.
Ohio-Purdue: Purdue....might not be terrible?
Cincinnati-Michigan: There will be blood
FAU-Wisconsin: Last Chance FAU gets pummeled
Northwestern-Duke: NW wins the smartypants bowl
Iowa-Iowa State: Iowa State steals one
Towson-Maryland: Maryland wins but its closer than you'd think
Pitt-Penn St: The Fighting Narduzzi's can't hang
IU-UVA: Hoosiers bounce back
Nebraska-Oregon: This game needs a time machine
WKU-Illinois: Illini get Hilltopped
Minnesota-Oregon St: A WOODLAND CRITTER FOOTBALL GAME. Minnesota bc why not.
Michigan State 31 – Western Michigan 25
I had a dream MSU lost 62-28 last night, so I'm already stressing HARD about this one. However, I know that dream can't possibly be reality because I was watching the dream game in really good seats -- quite different than my 50th row in the end zone.
I really do think this will be a close game, and I also think holding Western to under 6,000 rushing yards (or whatever USC let up) will happen. I think Lewerke and Co. shine through the air once again and LJ Scott has a F*** You game with two touchdowns.
Purdue over Ohio
Yellow team over Cincy
Wisconsin over Florida Atlantic
Northwestern over Duke
Iowa over Iowa State (boy do I have B1G fever)
Maryland over Towson
Penn State over Pitt (sorry Nard-dog)
Eastern Michigan over Rutgers
Oregon over Nebraska
Ohio State over Oklahoma
Western Kentucky over Illinois
Minnesota over Oregon State
Michigan State 30 – Western Michigan 24
It will be a tough game for the Spartans, but ultimately I think they get it done. I just don't trust new Western QB Jon Wassink to make enough plays to get it done. MSU will commit to stopping the run and should be able to get enough stops to keep the Broncos offense from putting up as many points as they did last week. The Spartans will do a better job running the ball and Lewerke will make enough plays to send Michigan State to 2-0 on the season.
Ohio at Purdue: Ohio
Cincy at Michigan: UM
FAU at Wisconsin: Badgers
Northwestern at Duke: Northwestern
Iowa at Iowa St: Iowa
Towson at Maryland: Terps
Pitt at Penn State: PSU
Indiana at Virginia: Hoosiers
Eastern Michigan at Rutgers: EMU
Nebraska at Oregon: Ducks
Oklahoma at Ohio State: Buckeyes
Western Kentucky at Illinois: WKU
Minnesota at Oregon State: Beavers
Michigan State 24 – Western Michigan 13
Western Michigan isn’t the the biggest name the Spartans will play this year, but this will be their first big test. The Broncos secondary is among the best in the nation and will put the already inexperienced MSU passing game in some tough positions. Fortunately, Western is vulnerable to the ground game. As long as his fumble issues are behind him, LJ Scott will have a huge day Saturday and score at least twice while eating up clock and softening the defense. As long as the the Spartans defense stays strong, the Spartans will hold a lead late into the fourth quarter and hang on to the lead.
With that being said – a Lewerke touchdown pass to Hunter Rison puts the game on ice with under 3 minutes. BOOK IT!
Purdue is getting better, they beat Ohio
Michigan wins in impressive fashion
Wisconsin beats up FAU
Northwestern wins ugly
Iowa wins, but still looks bad
Terps keep riding high
Penn State wins the revenge game
Indiana wins, but in part because Virginia is bad
Eastern Michigan is actually good, guys
Boomer Sooner on the road!
Illinois wins, college football loses
Oregon State, Minnesota is just kind of bad