Special to MVictors.com, frequent visitor ‘BiggieMunn’ provides his analysis of his beloved Spartan football team. Biggie’s user name is a tip of the hat to the man who played and coached under Fritz Crisler and later went on to become arguably the greatest coach in Michigan State football history. No truth to the rumor that this post will start Munn’s own site, “Zeke the Wonder Blog”:
As is typical in this match up MSU will have to be able to run the ball to win the game. The good news is that when they are rolling State has one of the best 1-2 punches in the country in Javon Ringer & Jehuu Caulcrick.
Brian Hoyer is the key to this game for the Spartans. Hoyer has been an enigma much like this team. He has looked solid at times but has mystified this Spartan with his inconsistency. He continually airmailed wide open receivers in the second half of the Iowa game last week & looked extremely tight against Ohio State. Also, when the pocket collapses Hoyer loses his poise and more times than not he ends up eating the ball. He cannot lock on to Devin Thomas as much as he does and must get Kellen Davis & Mark Dell some touches. Both of these cats are great athletes that are underutilized.
DC Narduzzi plays an aggressive blitzing style defense and I do not expect that to change for this game. The defense is going to be amped and if they can get to Henne/Mallett early that will bode well for the Spartan Nation. Mike Hart will get his, the guy is incredible. The State ‘D’ will have to make sure that he does not win the Heisman with his performance on Saturday. Keeping a “healthy” Hart to less than 125 yards would be huge. After last week’s Minnesota game MSU will now also have to prepare for Minor & Brown who both had breakout games. The DBs cannot allow more than 1 or 2 home runs or it will be an excruciating game to watch for the home fans.
Coach Dantonio has embraced this rivalry which is a refreshing change from the prior regime. Despite the brutal loses to Northwestern and Iowa I do believe that Coach D is the right man for this job and that he will “measure up”. A win against UM would go a huge way in earning back the respect of many fans as well as recruits. I look forward to seeing what the staff comes up with to make this happen.
State has not beaten Michigan in the last five meetings. To avoid a sixth straight loss to Lloyd’s bunch MSU must do the following:
1, Hoyer needs to spread the ball & get all his receivers involved in the game to keep UM’s defense off balance.
2. OC Treadwell has to find some unique ways to get his two playmakers (Ringer & Thomas) the pigskin.
3. The ‘S’ defense must get pressure on the UM QB.
I believe that Caulcrick will have a major impact on this game. As always the State defense cannot totally combust or it will not matter what the offense does. What the hell, the boyz will win this one for Mr. Simmons on a late Swenson field goal. Make it: MSU 34 UM 31