Michigan stuffs MSU on the ground
A huge key for Michigan State in this game, in my opinion, is the Spartans having a productive day on the ground.
Outside of there being a crazy amount of turnovers, I have a hard time seeing the Spartans upset Michigan without of some semblance of a running game.
The good news is that Nathan Carter is a talented running back. He’s averaged 4.7 yards per attempt for the Spartans this season. Michigan football has also struggled to stop the run the past two weeks, especially in the first half.
I’d expect the Spartans to challenge Michigan’s front seven and try to establish the run as Indiana and Minnesota were able to do. Indiana rushed for 92 yards; Minnesota had 117.
The Wolverines have been stingy against the run. Heck, they are allowing under seven points per game as a team. A huge part of that has been the run defense and I don’t see it letting the Wolverines down on Saturday night.
Michigan football will run for close to 200 yards, while Michigan State won’t reach 100 and folks who know this rivalry, know how important that can be.