It seemed as if Michigan State hit the snooze button a few times at the beginning of their game against Indiana. The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-3) QB Cameron Coffman came out throwing darts, putting IU up 17-0 on the Spartans (4-2, 1-1) early in the first quarter.
It was as if MSU was still thinking about their tough loss the previous week to Ohio State. Whether it was that or something else, there is something different about this Spartan team this season. They haven’t looked like themselves and seem to lack leadership, whether it be on the defense or on the offensive side of the ball.
Le’Veon Bell can only carry this team on his back for so long before the bellcow needs some help. MSU has to get more production from their wide receivers to take the pressure off the running game.
It seemed they got some of that against the Hoosiers.
Freshman WR Aaron Burnbridge had eight grabs for 134 yards. It was somewhat of a coming out party for the young Burnbridge, the only other game he recorded a catch in was against Central Michigan. Several other receivers stepped up and gave first year QB Andrew Maxwell some outlets to get the ball down the field.
MSU has to find a way to get going early or they’ll be in trouble in the next coming weeks. After Iowa next week they get Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Northwestern all in a row. Their defense will keep them in games but the offense has to back them up.
MSU found a way to escape with the 31-27 win.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.