Make Michigan State one-dimensional
The Spartans have struggled running the ball this season, averaging just 3.5 yards per attempt and a total of 117 yards per game.
Nathan Carter has been effective for Michigan State and is averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Katin Houser might be the most important player for the Spartans’ offense, but Carter is going to be essential to take the pressure off the Spartans’ young quarterback.
Minnesota and Indiana did find some success on the ground. Michigan State might be able to as well. Jalen Berger is another running back who has 24 carries on the season for 90 yards. Outside of that, it’s Carter and the quarterbacks.
Michigan football is allowing just 2.6 yards per attempt this season, which is second in the Big Ten in terms of rushing defense. If the Wolverines can limit the Spartans’ running game and force Hauser to throw all game — it’s not going to work out well for Michigan State.
The Wolverines have forced six turnovers in the past two games — just food for thought.