The Spartans are ready to record its signature win of 2013.
Week 9 Matchup: No. 21 Michigan (6-1) at No. 22 Michigan State (7-1), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
The Spartans have been rolling in 2013. A close loss to Notre Dame serves as the team’s only blemish.
Ever since then, Michigan State has tossed aside all four of the opponents that have stood in its way. That includes a 42-3 thrashing of Illinois last weekend.
That win was an optimistic sign for quarterback Connor Cook, who hadn’t done much up to that point, evident by the Spartans' No. 106 rank in passing. But against the Illini, the sophomore had his most impressive performance of the season, throwing for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-16 passing.
It certainly helps that the team’s next opponent is a Wolverines defense that has looked completely vulnerable, surrendering 40 points to both Indiana and Penn State in its last two games.
Did we mention that Michigan also ranks No. 99 against the pass, allowing a little more than 255 yards per game through the air?
Sure, the Wolverines are riding quarterback Devin Gardner and receiver Jeremy Gallon—both coming off record-breaking performances. However, Michigan State possesses the No. 1 overall defense, allowing just 215.5 yards per game.
Expect the Spartans to put together a dominating performance and put themselves in prime position to reach the Big Ten title game.