For the Spartans, this game is a must win for the team and for the program. It’s not necessarily the biggest game, but for the sake of team morale and momentum, the Spartans need a win.
It’s been a struggle to say the least for the Spartans this year, mainly on the offensive side of the ball. While the team is 3-1, it certainly doesn’t feel like it, especially coming off a heartbreaking loss against Notre Dame in Week 4.
For the Spartans, they must work on getting explosive plays, as they have been few and far between in the last two seasons. Gone are the long, exciting touchdowns that seemed to happen almost every game during the Kirk Cousins days.
With the quality of play coming from the defensive unit this season, it’s realistic to think that if the Spartans can manage to score at least 21 points a game on offense, there is almost zero chance they will lose.
Something to watch for is the play of Connor Cook, who was inexplicably benched on the final drive in the Spartans’ loss to Notre Dame for Andrew Maxwell. It will be interesting to see where his confidence level is and if he can still lead the team.
Heading into Week 6, mainly everything remains the same on the Spartan depth chart except for a few minor details. Junior wideout Tony Lippett has made a rise after not seeing much playing time early in the season.
Redshirt freshman and former defensive end Jamal Lyles is also rising up the depth chart at the tight end position. As for the running backs, it looks like it’s going to be mainly Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill from here on out.
The Spartans have had two weeks to get their offensive play-calling and execution down, so look for a better offensive attack when the team takes the field.