Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
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#1 Nov 21, 2012
Who: Michigan State (5-6, 2-5 Big Ten) at Minnesota (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten) Game No. 12
When: Saturday, November 24 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium, Capacity: 50,805
Watch: Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler (pxp), Glen Mason (analyst), Rebecca Haarlow (reporter)
Local Radio: Spartan Sports Network with George Blaha (pxp), Jim Miller (analyst), Jason Strayhorn (reporter), Gopher Sports Network with Bob Kurtz (pxp), Darrell Thompson (analyst), Justin Gaard (reporter)
Satellite Radio: Sirius 113, XM 192
Spread: Michigan State by 9 1/2 according to oddsshark.com
Listen: MSU Radio Affiliates, Minnesota Radio Affiliates
Live Streaming: BTN2Go.com (video) GopherSports.com (audio)
#2 Nov 21, 2012
QB: 10 Andrew Maxwell 18 Connor Cook
TB: 24 Le'Veon Bell 22 Larry Caper or 20 Nick Hill
FB: 8 Lawrence Thomas 37 Trevon Pendleton
WR: 16 Aaron Burbridge OR 14 Tony Lippett
WR: 25 Keith Mumphery 21 Andre Sims Jr. OR 5 DeAnthony Arnett
WR: 13 Bennie Fowler 3 Macgarrett Kings Jr.
TE: 80 Dion Sims 83 Paul Lang
LT: 59 Dan France 76 Donavon Clark
LG: 64 Blake Treadwell 66 Jack Allen
C: 66 Jack Allen 68 Ethan Ruhland
RG: 62 Chris McDonald 72 Nate Klatt OR 54 Connor Kruse
RT: 70 Skyler Burkland 65 Michael Dennis
DE: 44 Marcus Rush 89 Shilique Calhoun
DT: 99 James Kittredge 60 Micajah Reynolds
NT: 98 Anthony Rashad White 93 Damon Knox
DE: 2 William Gholston 92 Joel Heath
STAR: 34 Taiwan Jones OR Chris Norman 45 Darien Harris
MIKE: 40 Max Bullough 41 Kyler Elsworth
SAM: 28 Denicos Allen 43 Ed Davis
FC: 31 Darqueze Dennard 32 Mitchell White
FS: 27 Kurtis Drummond 26 RJ Williamson
SS: 9 Isaiah Lewis 23 Jairus Jones
BC: 5 Johnny Adams 36 Arjen Colquhoun or 15 Trae Waynes
P: 3 Mike Sadler 17 Kevin Muma
PK: 4 Dan Conroy 17 Kevin Muma
LS: 52 Taybor Pepper 71 Leland Ewing
HLD: 3 Mike Sadler 10 Andrew Maxwell
KR: 24 Le'Veon Bell OR 20 Nick Hill 22 Larry Caper
PR: 21 Andre Sims Jr. 24 Le'Veon Bell
#3 Nov 21, 2012
QB: 9 Philip Nelson 11 Max Shortell
RB: 20 Donnell Kirkwood 35 Rodrick Williams Jr.
FB: 81 John Rabe 30 Mike Henry
WR: 14 Isaac Fruechte 1 Brandon Green
WR: 5 MarQueis Gray 80 Devin Crawford-Tufts OR 12 Andre McDonald
WR: 15 Marcus Jones 18 Derrick Engel
TE: 83 Drew Goodger 85 Lincoln Plsek
LT: 74 Marek Lenkiewicz 58 Ed Olson
LG: 53 Tommy Olson 75 Ernie Heifort
C: 52 Zac Epping 63 Jon Christenson
RG: 64 Caleb Bak 73 Joe Bjorklund
RT: 65 Josh Campion 77 Foster Bush
DE: 98 Michael Amaefula 93 Ben Perry
DT: 46 Cameron Botticelli 92 Roland Johnson
NT: 99 RaShede Hageman 97 Scott Ekpe
DE: 95 D.L. Wilhite 55 Theiren Cockran
SAM: 57 Aaron Hill 32 Lamonte Edwards OR 8 Spencer Reeves
MIKE: 26 Mike Rallis 1 Brendan Beal
WILL: 4 Keanon Cooper 9 James Manuel
CB: 2 Troy Stoudermire 22 Jeremy Baltazar
S: 13 Derrick Wells 7 Damarius Travis
S: 27 Cedric Thompson OR 21 Brock Vereen 6 Grayson Levine
CB: 23 Michael Carter 3 Martez Shabazz
PK: 39 Jordan Wettstein 36 Chris Hawthorne
P: 38 Christian Eldred
LS: 48 Jake Filkins 96 Dave Ramlet
HLD: 38 David Schwerman
KR: 2 Troy Stoudermire 15 Marcus Jones
PR: 15 Marcus Jones
#4 Nov 21, 2012
FB Niko Palazeti (undisclosed) Questionable
S Jairus Jones (leg) Questionable
T Fou Fonoti (foot) Out
C Travis Jackson (leg) Out for Season
DL Brandon Clemens (foot) Out for Season
RB Devon Wright (undisclosed) Questionable
OL Jon Christenson (ankle) Questionable
DT Roland Johnson (knee) Questionable
TE Kendall Gregory-McGhee (back) Out
LB Quinn Bauducco (back) Out
WR Duke Anyanwu (knee) Out
WR Jamel Harbison (knee) Out for Season
OL Zach Mottia (leg) Out for Season
#5 Nov 21, 2012
In a game statistically dominated by the Spartans, the Northwestern Wildcats forced four turnovers and hung on late to beat MSU 23-20.
State held a 419-303 total-yard advantage, had more than 34 minutes in possession time and had only two penalties.
The Spartans' Andrew Maxwell completed 22 of 46 passes for 297 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Le'Veon Bell posted his sixth triple-digit rushing effort of 2012, compiling 133 yards on 32 carries.
However, David Nwabuisi took a Maxwell interception to the house for the Wildcats that set the tone to begin the second half. Jeff Budzien then made a 27-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Budzien converted on three field goals, and Dan Vitale caught nine passes for 100 yards for the Wildcats.
It was the fourth loss in five games for Michigan State, while Northwestern improved to 8-3.
#6 Nov 21, 2012
Taylor Martinez lit up the Gophers defense on Saturday.
Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE Minnesota returns home to face Michigan State after being shellacked by the Nebraska Cornhuskers 38-14 in Lincoln.
Taylor Martinez proved to be too much for the Gophers' secondary to handle as he completed 21 of his 29 attempts for 308 yards and two touchdowns. Ameer Abdullah added 79 yards on the ground for the Huskers.
Freshman QB Philip Nelson had a day to forget going 8-of-23 for 59 yards and two interceptions. The running game was shut down, too, as the Gophers gained 87 yards on 29 attempts.
Christian Eldred punted 11 times on the day, a telltale sign of Minnesota's struggles.
The loss was the Gophers fifth of the seasonall in Big Ten play.
#7 Nov 21, 2012
Typically in this series, Minnesota would be the team fighting for bowl eligibility. But here in 2012, Michigan State needs a win to make it to the postseason.
At 5-6, this is the Spartans' last chance to qualify for a bowl. MSU last missed playing an extra game in 2006.
Conversely, after two consecutive 3-9 seasons, the Golden Gophers are 6-5 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2009. Minnesota lost the Insight Bowl 14-13 to the Iowa State Cyclones.
Neither team can make noise in the Big Ten standings with a win. If anything is at stake, it would be the fourth-place spot in the Legends Division
#8 Nov 21, 2012
Running back Le'Veon Bell has been a terror for opponentstoo bad the rest of the Spartans haven't followed suit.
The junior has been MSU's workhorse in 2012 carrying the ball 315 times for an impressive 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also has 321 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans' previous two games.
Minnesota has the 74th-ranked run defense in the nation allowing nearly 165 yards per game. This is a great matchup for Bell as he gains 125 yards in each contest.
Watch for Le'Veon to get another 25 to 30 carries against the Gophers
#9 Nov 21, 2012
Philip Nelson must be able to bounce back from a rough start against Nebraska.
The Spartans boast the 13th-best run defense in the NCAA, so Minnesota better bring its A++ ground game if it wants to be two-dimensional. MSU's pass defense is no cakewalk either as it is ranked 15th in the country.
However, as the Huskers showed, the Spartans are vulnerable at times. MSU allowed 473 yards, including 313 on the ground. Taylor Martinez ran for 205 of those yards and two touchdowns.
Nelson has shown dual-threat ability, and he may need his running shoes to get away from a tenacious Spartans defense.
#10 Nov 21, 2012
...the Spartans force Minnesota to turn the ball over. The Gophers have turned the ball over 17 times this season and are starting a freshman quarterback.
Additionally, MSU has one of the best defenses in the nation, but the offense has been riding the struggle-bus this season. That, however, may not happen if offensive coordinator Dan Roushar gives Le'Veon Bell the rock.
All. Game. Long.
Minnesota will likely have trouble stopping the bruising running back, and the Spartans need to capitalize on this advantage.
If Michigan State's defense can force a couple turnovers in plus territory, the offense should be able to put up a few more touchdowns.
#11 Nov 21, 2012
...they stop Le'Veon Bell. Plain and simple, Jerry Kill's team must eliminate the Spartans' ground attack.
As previously stated, Minnesota does not have a top run defense. However, if the Gophers' defensive line and linebacker corps step up in the final home game of the season, it could force MSU to pass the ball.
Andrew Maxwell has struggled mightily throughout the season. Minnesota's secondary has picked off nine passes on the year and sacked the opposing team's quarterback 23 times.
Led by DL Wilhite, the Gophers have 57 tackles for loss in 2012, and improving that number is the key to victory.
#12 Nov 21, 2012
I stressed it, and I definitely believe it.
Le'Veon Bell will decide this game. I think that he will torch the Minnesota defense for his third 200-yard performance of the season.
However, Andrew Maxwell has had his struggles and an overwhelmingly good game is wishful thinking. I see the junior throwing an interception or two, but the Spartans will be able to recover with the help of its defense.
The Gophers' freshman Nelson will improve from last week's struggle but have trouble navigating that stingy MSU defense. Minnesota's defense, on the other hand, won't be able to single-handedly keep the offense afloat.
It will be a hard-fought game, and the final score will not represent the battle on the field.
Prediction: Michigan State 27 - Minnesota 17
#13 Nov 21, 2012
Saint Paul, MN
#14 Nov 21, 2012
You've got waaay too much time on your hands.
#15 Nov 21, 2012
It's good to be optimistic, but this game will come down to the punks that have better street smarts, and that would be the punks from Michigan State. These gangbangers can sharpen a shank out of a toothbrush in no time flat. They will win the game.
#16 Nov 21, 2012
Not this year, michigan state is just out of "whack: Sorry but I'm not sure they could beat a high school team, the gophers look bad and the Kill-Barker situation is bad But Michigan state is just untrustworthy...
Saint Paul, MN
#17 Nov 21, 2012
DSM Local, like Schmahl and Consistent live off those of us that work for a living, so they can sit around and post all day long.
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