On the same day that the New York Stock Exchange went back to work after shutting down due to Hurricane Sandy, ESPN.com decided to examine its own stocks in the world of college football.
Blogger Brian Bennett diagnosed the Big Ten investment portfolio Wednesday and analyzed the rising and falling stocks for the different teams and players in the conference.
Bennett believes that Spartans wide receiver Bennie Fowler’s stock is up.
“The Michigan State receiver struggled with dropped passes earlier in the year and lost his starting job,” Bennett wrote. “So it was nice to see him get some redemption in Saturday’s win at Wisconsin. Fowler had six catches for 48 yards, including the game-winning touchdown grab in overtime. Perseverance pays off.”
It goes without saying how reliable Fowler has been for quarterback Andrew Maxwell this year. The offense has struggled and Fowler has been the only consistent threat for the team on the outside edges of the field.
Tight end Dion Sims has been struggling with injuries and his absence from the offense has dampened the Spartans’ ability to open up the middle of the field in the passing game. Last week Sims was able to play, but he was said to be at 80 percent health against Wisconsin on the road. This week, however, coach Mark Dantonio said Sims will be closer to 100 percent. It’s hard to imagine that he won’t help the offense out even more given the improvement of his health this week.
Michigan State (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) hosts No. 20 Nebraska (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) in East Lansing this Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.