Just how bad of a season are the Michigan State Spartans having? Not one single player was named to Brent Yarina’s top offensive and defensive players of the Big Ten list this week. Not one. Not even an honorable mention.
That speaks to just how bad the Michigan State offense has been all season. Andrew Maxwell finally played with some kind of rhythm Saturday against Michigan, but he wasn’t able to put enough points on the scoreboard to pull off the upset in Ann Arbor. The talent at the wide receiver position is almost embarrassing, especially when the player that opposing teams scheme against, Aaron Burbridge, is a freshman. The offensive line is dealing with a lot of injuries and that hampers Le’Veon Bell’s ability to breakoff big gainers. However, if Bell is the all-world running back that NFL draft experts think he is, he should be able to gain first downs every once and awhile. You would think.
The Michigan State defense is stellar. That unit held Denard Robinson to zero touchdowns and only 12 points on the scoreboard. No team has ever done that before—not even No. 1 Alabama. You’d think that Yarina would recognize some of the players on that defense, but I understand why he didn’t. The offense needs to produce points and, in turn, produce wins. Andrew Maxwell and the gang need to feed off the defense’s stellar performances against elite offensives.
It’s amazing how great of a season the Michigan State defense is having, even without William Gholston having a good year. Last Friday, ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay said on the radio that he was shocked at how big of a disappointing year Gholston is having. It’s awe inspiring how this defense has put up so many great performances with Gholston holding them back.
Michigan State football travels to Wisconsin this Saturday to take on the Badgers at 3:30 p.m. ET. Perhaps Maxwell can get his offense in even more rhythm in Camp Randall Stadium. Perhaps.