08 October, 2017
Michigan State beat No. 7 Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor, 14-10.
The defense, led by sophomore middle linebacker Joe Bachie and senior Chris Frey, was just that much better than Michigan's offense all game long.
The game between MI (4-0) and Michgan State (3-1) is set for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.
Michigan State took the lead for good on Lewerke's 14-yard rushing touchdown with 2:59 left in the quarter, and his 16-yard pass to Madre London extended the lead to 14-3.
The game was exciting early as the Spartans took a 14-3 lead into halftime, but MI ramped up the defensive intensity in the second half.
MI is 4-0 this season and has been even more impressive than MSU as their defense ranks #1 in yards allowed at 203 per game and #8 in points at 13.5 per game.
After going through a stretch of five out of six seasons in which it won 11 games or more, Michigan State's football program hit a low point in 2016 as it finished the year with a 3-9 record.
While Michigan's No. 1 ranked defense may have been the topic of discussion heading into the game, the Spartans were the ones who made the biggest waves. Things got particularly ugly on the MI side with five turnovers, including three consecutive second-half possessions that ended with an O'Korn interception. The Michigan defense will look for similar results and attempt to control the game running the ball on offense.
The aforementioned O'Korn, starting in place of the injured Wilton Speight, struggled to get the Wolverines into a rhythm offensively with Michigan State's defense having a role in that as well. I loved the line at -9 when it opened, but I still think my pick is MI, even at -10.5.