Here is an embarrassing statistic that makes Michigan State’s offense look even worse than what it already is: Le’Veon Bell is not one of the four Big Ten players who have already scored 10 or more touchdowns this season. Entering the year, Bell was projected to be the Big Ten player of the year. At the very least, he was expected to be the workhorse for the Spartans the entire season. Too bad those were just projections. The Spartans would have loved for those prognostications to be realities, as MSU stares down a 4-4 record and is praying to earn a bowl bid this season.
4 #B1G players have 10 or more TDs – WIS’ Ball (13), NU’s Mark (12), OSU’s Miller (10) & Hyde (10)
— Big Ten Football (@B1Gfootball) October 21, 2012
Although Bell is third in the nation in rushing yards (984), he has only found the end zone eight times in as many games. He has already eclipsed the rushing mark he plateaued at last season, as he only rushed for 948 yards. However, he did get 13 TDs during Michigan State’s race to win the Big Ten conference title last year. So far this season, Bell has four games where he has rushed for less than 100 yards, and he has broken the 200-yard mark twice.
The Spartans have only won one game this year when Bell has rushed for under 100 yards. However, that was against Central Michigan and coach Dantonio pulled him out of the game after the score got out of control. Bell had two touchdowns in that game.
Michigan State is 3-1 this season when Bell rushes for more than 100 yards. It would be great if offensive coordinator Dan Roushar notices this trend and feeds the stud running back during the Spartans road trip to Camp Randall Stadium against the Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday.