Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota...

Michigan State Spartans vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Gameday Info

Ankeny, IA

#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)
Depth Chart for Michigan

Ankeny, IA

#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
Depth Chart for Minnesota

Ankeny, IA

#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 Ra’Shede 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
Injury Report

Ankeny, IA

#4 Nov 21, 2012
Michigan State:

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
Michigan State Last Week

Ankeny, IA

#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.
Minnesota State Last Week

Ankeny, IA

#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 season—all in Big Ten play.
Means to Both Teams

Ankeny, IA

#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
Key Player Michigan State

Ankeny, IA

#8 Nov 21, 2012
Running back Le'Veon Bell has been a terror for opponents—too 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
Key Player Minnesota

Ankeny, IA

#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.
MichiganState Will Win If

Ankeny, IA

#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.
Minnesota Will Win If

Ankeny, IA

#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.

Ankeny, IA

#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
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#13 Nov 21, 2012
Minnesota 30-24

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Nov 21, 2012
You've got waaay too much time on your hands.

Neenah, WI

#15 Nov 21, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
Minnesota 30-24
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.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#16 Nov 21, 2012
CRASSUS wrote:
<quoted text>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.
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...
DSM Local

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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