Alas, we have arrived at the final quarter of the Michigan State football season and arguably, the toughest. But by this time, we should know the direction of the team and whether Mel Tucker can be a sustainable Power Five coach.
If Michigan State is 7-1 or 6-2 the week of the OSU game, then we all take a collective breath and faith in this coaching staff is restored. But 5-3 can be tolerated by most fans, and 4-4 is a disaster and staff changes will have to be made and not the “Mark Dantonio special” of shuffling jobs.
The importance of this season cannot be overstated, especially in this era of win now.
So, let’s project how the rest of the season plays out.
at Ohio State (Nov. 11)
It was announced that this game will be in primetime, which doesn’t really alter the expectation of this game. We all know the talent gap between these two teams (for now), and it doesn’t help that their biggest strength (wide receivers) is matched up perfectly with our biggest weakness (cornerback).
Ohio State will be in the top five all season with realistic national title hopes all year. Will inexperience at quarterback hurt the Buckeyes enough to make this a fair fight? Unlikely, but I do think the Spartans keep it within 24 points, which is progress.
Prediction: Ohio State 42, Michigan State 24