Michigan State Spartans Earn Favorable Matchup With TCU Horned Frogs

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The Michigan State Spartans are just one year removed from an Outback Bowl win over Georgia and an 11-3 record.

It was just two years ago that the Spartans won 11 regular season games and were one game short of a Rose Bowl appearance in a controversial selection of the Wisconsin Badgers– a team in which the Spartans beat early in the season.

What about their matchup?

Well, the TCU Horned Frogs aren’t exactly a cake-walk. They boast one of the better defenses in the nation behind their defensive-minded coach, Gary Patterson.

The Horned Frogs are just two years removed from their undefeated 13-0 season and a national championship snub. They featured one of the nation’s premier defenses, allowing just 11 points per game. While they had one of the better defenses, their offense was also high-powered, scoring 43 points a game.

Not to live in the past, but the Horned Frogs used to be one of the nation’s top teams.

Welcome to 2012, the Horned Frogs are in the middle of the pack in offensive production. They are new members to the Big 12 Conference and they are no longer a non-BCS power. They are a middle of the pack Big 12 team.

They beat two ranked teams this season, not one of them, however, in the top-15.

The Spartans are an underachieving team this season, beginning the season ranked No. 13 and finishing the season with a 6-6 record. The main problem with this team? The offense. The offense has seen a complete demise compared to last season’s powerful offense behind quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The Spartan offense ranks 109th in the country in points scored and averages just over 350 yards total per game which is on the lower end of the country’s average.

The advantage in this game? Michigan State simply because of their overpowering defense. The Spartan defense gives up just 16 points a game which is good for 10th best mark in the country.

In a game that will surely be decided by defense, the Spartans will come out victorious.

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