Michigan Football: 5 things to know about Michigan State

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4. Michigan State’s pass defense is a weakness. . . kinda

In watching Michigan State a few times, I have seen them give up passing numbers at times. Michigan State allowed 388 passing yards to Miami, 248 to Nebraska, 488 to Western Kentucky, and 266 to Rutgers. Sure enough, the Spartans are 121st in passing yards allowed. However, the Spartans have faced 47 pass attempts per game, most in the country. The Spartans are 12th in passing yards per attempt allowed.

The Spartans also have a formidable pass rush, ranking fifth in the country in sacks per game. It will be a test for Michigan football, however, the Wolverines are first in havoc allowed and second in sacks allowed per game.

I think Michigan will be able to have some success throwing on the Spartans, however, it may not rack up the attempts to put up big numbers like some of its opponents.

5. Michigan’s running game against Michigan State’s rushing defense will be strength on strength

Michigan football has been one of the best teams in the country running the ball, ranking fifth in rushing yards per game. For my money, Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins are the best running back tandem in the country.

Meanwhile, Michigan State is 28th rushing yards allowed per game. However, the only potent rushing Michigan State has faced is Nebraska (22nd in rushing yards per game).

Michigan’s offensive line will also have a size advantage over Michigan State’s defensive line. The Spartans only have one 300 pounder in the defensive line rotation.

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Michigan could wear down on Michigan State’s defensive line in the second half and I think Michigan will have success running the ball.