Northwestern at Michigan State - Important In-Game Predictions

Northwestern at Michigan State - Important In-Game Predictions

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Northwestern at Michigan State - Important In-Game Predictions

The 1-3, 1-1 Northwestern Wildcats come to East Lansing Saturday to take on the 3-1, 1-0 Spartans on Homecoming Weekend. What are some of the things that are going to happen during the game?

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While there have been struggles and there are legitimate concerns regarding just how good this Michigan State team is and can be, the Spartans have a great shot at getting to 4-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten on Saturday.

The 1-3, 1-1 Northwestern Wildcats have won two straight and three out of the last four against Michigan State.

Pat Fitzgerald has applied a scheme that’s been successful against the Spartans, particularly in the way he’s executed an underneath passing strategy that has included crossing routes that have gobbled up large chunks of real estate and led to 54 and 39 points in the last two games between the two schools.

Last week, Northwestern appeared to be on its way to a huge win over UMAA as the Cats jumped out to a 17-0 lead.

From that point forward, Northwestern fell flat and was unable to score while surrendering 20 unanswered points in the 20-17 loss in Evanston.

Will Northwestern still be reeling following the tough loss or will the Cats come out focused, determined, and hungry to get the season back on track?

I’d count on the latter.

So, what are some things that we think will, in fact, happen in the game on Saturday that we’re willing to bet our life savings on?

Here is a rundown of guaranteed occurrences –

  • When Michigan State fails to score three touchdowns on its first possession, The Experts on The Twitter will immediately, forcefully, and hyperbolically announce with certainty that the Spartans will finish the season 4-8.
  • When the Spartans allow Northwestern to take a 3-0 lead, The Experts on The Twitter will break down a few of the defensive lapses with specifics and scientific data and really smart footballey vernacular that will all make it very clear that Michigan State’s coaches don’t know what they’re doing and are only employed because they’re friends with Mark Dantonio.
  • When Brian Lewerke tucks it and runs with it for the first time in the game on a 3rd and 6 and gains 14 yards for a first down, The Experts on The Twitter will lament that the “play call” should have been called far sooner and should have been called at specific times earlier in this season when the Spartans have been unable to find the endzone while in the redzone.
  • When La’Darius Jefferson has a big gainer – let’s say it’s a 23 yard scamper – that converts a 3rd and 2 and gets Michigan State into the redzone, The Experts on The Twitter will immediately and hyperbolically announce with certainty that LJ Scott should never get another handoff and that La’Darius Jefferson should be given the ball at least 20 times in every game.
  • In the immediately previous scenario, The Experts on The Twitter will not recognize or address the fact that the 23-yard run was possible due to excellent blocking by Tyler Higby and Max Rosenthal.
  • As Michigan State methodically builds up a 17-3 lead that doesn’t include a whole lot of “exciting” moments, The Experts on The Twitter will assert that the Spartans lack the necessary explosiveness to ever be able to compete with Alabama, failing to mention that Alabama, at this point, does not appear on Michigan State’s schedule.
  • When Raequan Williams sacks Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson midway through the third quarter on a 3rd and 9 with Michigan State leading 20-6, The Experts on The Twitter will announce – emphatically and with certainty – that the Spartans’ five sacks up until that point aren’t really anything to get too excited about since Thorson isn’t as mobile as he’s been throughout his career at Northwestern.
  • When Brian Lewerke converts a 3rd and 4 with a run that gains 11 yards and gets Michigan State inside the Northwestern redzone early in the fourth quarter with the score 27-6, The Experts on The Twitter will let it be known to their followers that Michigan State really must be more careful with Lewerke since the Spartans cannot afford to let Lewerke get injured.
  • When Brian Lewerke finds Matt Dotson in the endzone for a 9-yard touchdown pass to extend Michigan State’s lead to 34-6 midway through the fourth quarter, The Experts on The Twitter will provide expertise for their followers by telling everyone that Dave Warner’s brain needs to be examined since the play call was the wrong one and that a jet sweep to Brandon Sowards would have, obviously, been a far better call since the defense was set up perfectly for that play to work and for Sowards to do cartwheels into the endzone without being touched.
  • Before the Michigan State team is even able to get over to the student section to join in on the singing of “Victory For MSU” with the Spartan Marching Band and everyone else who is joyously reveling in the 34-13 victory, The Experts on The Twitter will have announced, with certainty and volume emphasized by CAPITAL LETTERS that the Spartans will have no shot at beating Penn State next week in Happy Valley.

These things will all happen throughout the course of Saturday’s ball game.

If any of these things do not happen, I will happily sponsor a full night of fun at Coral Gables next Wednesday night.  I’ll arrive at 7p and I’ll stay until the joint closes.

 

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