Penn State pulled off an overwhelming win over Rutgers. Everything went like clockwork on both sides of the ball for the Nittany Lions. To wrap up the regular season, the Nittany Lions face Michigan State, a team that has been shaky for much of the season.
Penn State has the better team on paper, and they’re hoping to continue their run to earn a spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl.
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Michigan State has key players to watch on both sides of the ball. They have defensive players who can make noise, like linebacker Cal Haladay, who has been impressive for the Spartans in the last few games.
As for offense, their passing game can be productive, and much of that production comes from wide receivers Jayden Reed and Keon Coleman.
Michigan State enters this game as an underdog, but they have the talent to cause excitement.
Here are the top five reasons Michigan State will beat Penn State on Saturday.
Michigan State Passing Game
As previously mentioned, wide receiver Jayden Reed is a guy to watch out for in Michigan’s passing game. He has impressive hands on top of the elite Michigan State offense pace. They also have second passcatcher Keon Coleman, who is the team’s leading receiver with 600 yards and five touchdowns. There was one report that Coleman will probably join the basketball team after Thanksgiving. If that’s the case, the state of Michigan will be without its most prolific pass catcher. Quarterback Payton Thorne has struggled this season, but if he can get the passing game going it will be a big boost to Michigan State’s offense.
Michigan State Run game
Michigan State’s biggest loss is Kenneth Walker, drafted in the second round by the Seahawks. This season, the Spartans have Wisconsin running back Jalen Berger and Colorado transfer Jarek Broussard. Both running backs combined for 834 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Walker is a huge loss to the Spartans, but they’re still capable of making noise in the run game against Penn State.
Michigan State can get going early
Penn State has been hot for the past three games, but their first quarters haven’t been as consistent lately. They defeated Rutgers 55-10 last weekend, but they held a slim 14-10 lead against the Scarlet Knights after the first quarter. The Spartans have the knack of using that early momentum against Penn State and pressuring the Nittany Lions offense.
Penn State has a talented duo of freshman running backs in Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen. The Spartans cut out their work for them on Saturday. They have the depth upfront to make big stops against Penn State’s run game. The two players to watch are defensive tackle Maverick Hansen and linebacker Cal Haladay. The Spartans are the underdogs in this game, but they have a lot of motivation right now and are hoping to win a bowl game.
Win and you’re in
Speaking of motivation, Michigan State didn’t have the season everyone was hoping for. After losing to Indiana last weekend, the Spartans must now beat Penn State on Saturday to qualify for the Bowl. They lost to the Hoosiers in double overtime and the Spartans will come to state college with a chip on their shoulder. If Michigan State wins, they’re in. They have the talent to create excitement and they have a lot to offer.
You know what they say – defense wins championships. Michigan State has the talent to end their season strong and qualify for the Bowl.
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