Two years ago, Michigan State took down Ohio State and QB Braxton Miller in the Big 10 Championship 34-24, ruining Ohio State’s BCS National Championship hopes and allowing Auburn to sneak in.
After winning the 2013 Rose Bowl over Stanford, MSU would fail to reach the same mark in 2014, losing the conference championship and watched as Ohio State make it to the first College Football Playoff.
SEASON IN A SNAPSHOT
This season, Michigan State had with one thing on their mind; Revenge. They had the schedule to do it too. Playing Oregon at home without Mariota, saw the Spartans win 31-28 after holding off a late rally by Vernon Davis.
Then a late season game against Ohio State, on the road. The odds were already stacked against them and Connor Cook wasn’t able to play that game due to a shoulder injury. MSU was able to overcome the injury and beat Ohio State 17-14.
In the conference championship against an undefeated Iowa, Sparty’s one loss team won a tough game, 16-13. With 14:49 left on the clock and down by 4 points, MSU milked the clock to inside the last minute before punching it in with freshman RB L.J. Scott to secure a spot in the CFP.
This team with a healthy Connor Cook can use the play action better than anyone in the nation and the pass rush is a force to be reckoned with.
The pass defense of the Spartans are not on par with the other CFP teams and if Cook is banged up, the offense suffers as well.
This team can look very average at times and has had trouble scoring points, as in the Nebraska loss. But if they get in a rhythm they have shown they can be as good as Ohio State was last year.
I personally think they can win it all due to the depth at running back and at wide out.
Well that’s all for the CFP previews! Stay tuned for the National Championship preview!