After watching a Michigan State basketball team that will probably be ranked No.1 in the nation come Monday, play a game against an unranked Colombia team Friday night and barely win the game after trailing most of it — one can only hope that Mark Dantonio’s team does not have the same type of bug that was slowing down Tom Izzo’s squad.
But as fans we should cross are fingers, as reports of a team video session of last weeks Michigan-Nebraska game had to be cut short due to some excess parting. The team reportedly were taking shots of Tequila every time Devin Gardner hit the ground — Detroit News.
With Michigan State’s 0-7 record against the Nebraska Cornhuskes, there will be no room for hang-overs. Nebraska started out much like the Spartans did this season, slow. They also started out this season with unsure exceptions at the QB position. Star QB Taylor Martinez has been and will be out with a foot injury, and like Michigan State, shuffling quarterbacks around is what the beginning of their season looked like. But in the past five games, Nebraska found faith in a red-shirt freshmen, Tommy Armstrong III, a possible real threat to State if they can’t get to him and shut him down early.
But getting to Armstrong might not be that tough of a task, as Michigan State will enjoy a Nebraska injury plagued offensive line. Three starters will be sitting out for Nebraska, leaving what could be a great gap in the line for a team that is No.1 in defense in the Big-Ten.
Although most college football analyst put Michigan State in the win column, it could go wrong for them very quickly. Memorial Stadium will bring a lot of pressure, a lot fans will be their with a lot of emotions for this Big-Ten Legends Division showdown. And although State’s defense probably won’t find much of a problem performing their duties, Conner Cook and the offensive might find themselves in some trouble.
Nebraska’s defense has increasingly been improving from week-to-week. And if Cook finds it hard to get into a pass rhythm and Jeremy Langford can’t find away out of the back field, it could prove to be a long day for the State’s defense.
But I don’t see State lying down today, fighting for their first every win against Nebraska and the fact that a win today would make their senior squad the most winning senior squad in Michigan State’s history, should be enough to wipe those Tequila hangovers away and get down to business.
All-and-all, it should be a good game. The game starts in Nebraska at 3:30, weather should not be a factory and both teams have good reason to come out and play hard.