A game of inches: How close MSU is to the Legends Division driver’s seat

MADISON, Wis. — For all that’s gone wrong this season, for all of MSU’s shortcomings, for its struggles with injuries and offense …

The Spartans are one field goal at Michigan — MSU’s made or U-M’s missed — from controlling its path to the Big Ten championship game.

The Spartans (who are actually 2-3 in the Big Ten) would’ve been a game behind Nebraska heading into next week’s visit from the Cornhuskers, with a chance to grab a share of the lead and hold the tiebreaker with Nebraska and Michigan (which lost Saturday night at Nebraska).

What-ifs get you nowhere in major college sports. But that’s how close the Spartans’ season outlook is to looking very different.

What’s significant about Saturday’s win at Wisconsin is that MSU figured out how to win a close game against a worthy opponent and did it on the road.

That bodes well for the next few weeks, as MSU makes a push for a New Year’s Day bowl, and next season, when much of its team returns.

The remainder of this season figures to feature close games, at least according to the data. MSU’s five Big Ten games this season have been decided by a total of 13 points.

Saturday was needed. The conversation of the season needed to change and the defense needed to be rewarded. Both happened.

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7 Responses to A game of inches: How close MSU is to the Legends Division driver’s seat

  1. avatar AAsparty says:

    we beat the Huskers next week and nothing’s impossible, Iowa could take a couple of more tumbles as could the Gulos if they are without Dreadlaces

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      Huskers feast on immobile QBs or pro-style offensive schemes. To win, IMHO, Roushar & Warner need to draw up more than one or two game day plays that exploit UNL defensive tendencies…. and a whole lot of roll-out pass plays and maybe a pitch-out or two.

      Can it be done, and a 8-4 season achieved, I hope so!

      GO GREEN!

      • avatar AAsparty says:

        on second thought I just hope for 8-4, that would be a great confidence booster for these kids (and us), no use in speculating in the what-ifs and the maybes, there would have to be a lot of losing going on above us to win the Legends at this point…

  2. avatar Trophy says:

    If you can find a replay of the LeVeon shovel pass, look at what is going on with AMax and LeVeon right before the snap. Did AMax call that play at the line of scrimmage?

  3. avatar SteveL says:

    Defense is outstanding but offense was a work in progress. Certainly this win will help confidence but proficiency on offense still needs to be a factor going forward. Hopefully this will be a turning point for this season. Much to play for. Next week will tell just how much this win helped the youngsters mature. Sparty On !!!!

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