Michigan State football will be looking to end a five-game losing skid on Saturday afternoon against a Minnesota team coming off an emotional win at Iowa.
The Gophers, however, have not looked good this season and have one of the worst offenses in the Big Ten — yes, Minnesota has a worse offense than Michigan State. That’s saying something.
But there is hope for the Spartans in the form of Katin Houser.
The redshirt freshman quarterback was highly-regarded out of high school and the sky feels like the limit for him early on. After redshirting his freshman year, he began his second season as the backup behind Noah Kim after a heated battle throughout the summer. After five games, Houser took over as the starter.
So far, he’s 0-2 as the starting quarterback, but there was nothing he could have done differently to change that — the Rutgers loss was not on him as the Spartans were up 18, and the Michigan loss was more of a complete team failure.
Saturday’s performance against Minnesota is going to tell us a lot about him.
We will see if Katin Houser is the future of Michigan State football
Everyone is assuming that Houser is the future of the program, but we haven’t seen it quite yet. We saw flashes of that against Rutgers, but the Michigan game felt like a complete team loss. I have a tough time judging any individual performance against Michigan. They were all bad.
Houser has to show that he has short-term memory and can lead this program for years against a very beatable Minnesota team on Saturday.
If Houser bounces back and has another impressive performance like the one he had against Rutgers on the road, I think it’ll be safe to say he deserves the keys for the future.
If he has a good game and Michigan State loses, well, no one would be shocked. But at least this would show that Houser is progressing nicely.