The Spartans are 2-0, but how long can they keep winning with virtually no offensive production? Sure the defense looks great and has scored multiple touchdowns in every game this season, but at some point they will need help from the offense. Let’s look ahead at a few intriguing match-ups:
September 21 at Notre Dame: Only a week and a half away, if MSU doesn’t show serious improvement in their offense this Saturday the Irish will be heavily favored. I believe the Spartans robust defense will keep it close, but the lack of organization showed by the coaching staff right before half against SFU (calling timeout which ultimately benefited SFU) will doom MSU in this close defensive showdown. Final score prediction 17-14 Notre Dame; Spartans scoring once on offense and once on defense.
October 12, hosting Indiana: After a tough Big Ten opener at Iowa, the Spartan Hoosier match-up could be a pivotal turning point for the Spartans this season. However, Indiana is not their usual rollover self this season. The Hoosiers have a high powered offense; already scoring 108 points. For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 61 more points than the Spartans have scored in 2 games this season. This high powered offense verses MSU’s stingy defense makes for a stellar match-up. I see the Spartans defense proving they deserve the hype and holding off this deadly offense enough for their own offense to take advantage of the Hoosiers wretched defense. Final prediction: 38-24 MSU.
November 2, hosting Michigan: The MSU offense will have to improve leaps and bounds to give them a chance to win this rivalry game. Devin Gardner is having a great start to his season, but this is an all to familiar trend for quarterbacks at Michigan whose performance inevitably drops off when Big Ten season comes a knocking. Gardner is already wearing a legends number; not from his own credentials. He may lead an over confident team into East Lansing to face a struggling Sparty later this fall. But with all the questions and confusion at quarterback for the Spartans maybe mighty Michigan should be feeling confident about this match-up. Its tough to beat a perennial power playing three quarterbacks. If you have three quarterbacks you have no quarterbacks. I just don’t see the Spartans pulling this one out; losing 24-10.
Unless MSU can solve the offensive woes it could be a down and depressing year for Spartan fans. Hopefully the offense can pull it together and help turn a special defense into a special season.