Every college football writer started the season debating whether Michigan State would win the Big Ten conference title and play in the Rose Bowl or not. Thursday BTN.com debated if Michigan State would even make a bowl game at all. It is obvious no one believes in Michigan State’s putrid offense.
The passing game has been inconsistent and the offense does not have a playmaker outside of Le’Veon Bell. The team’s defense is topnotch, holding opponents to 20 points or less five times this season. However, even a stellar defense can only hide a team’s offensive flaws for a short time. The Big Ten Network tends to agree with Spartan Avenue’s take on this matter, as well.
“The offense remains a study in dysfunction,” BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart said. “Even the Spartans’ wins this season almost have been losses. Boise State, Eastern Michigan and Indiana ALL nearly beat Michigan State. The only convincing victory was at Central Michigan.
“After seven games, there are no unknowns or secrets about Michigan State. This is an average team and the biggest disappointment in the Big Ten. And it will be home for holidays. Hey, at least hoops season is near.”
Those are not necessarily glowing recommendations about what the team has accomplished this season. The void left by Kirk Cousins, Edwin Baker and Keshawn Martin have left this offense spinning its wheels.
Concluding Saturday’s game against No. 23 Michigan, the Spartans will travel to play against Wisconsin, host Nebraska and Northwestern and finish the season at Minnesota. Michigan State is an underdog this weekend with Michigan favored to win by 9.5 points. However, with the way Denard Robinson has been scampering around the field, the Spartans may lose by three or more touchdowns. Wisconsin is an improved team since its rocky start to the season and Nebraska is always a hard team to play against with its two-headed monster at running back. Minnesota, depending on who is playing quarterback, appears to be MSU’s only chance to capture a win.
Is Michigan State’s offense so bad that the Spartans will not garner two more wins to become bowl eligible?