Most of this season, it has been the defense of the Michigan State Spartans that has won games for them, but not this week.
Early in the season, it looked as if the Spartans would never solve their offensive problems, as they could not decide who their starting quarterback would be. These offensive struggles even contributed to their only loss of the season against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Spartans finally decided on quarterback Connor Cook and have never looked back. Their offense gets better week after week. It is not nearly as good as their No. 1 defense, but it has won them some games recently.
Most recently, the Spartans’ offense played a huge role in their big win over the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday to clinch the Legends Division of the Big Ten and send them to the Big Ten championship game to meet the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The combination of Cook and running back Jeremy Langford has been difficult to slow down as of late, and it was no different against the Wildcats. Cook threw for a career-high 293 yards and two touchdowns, while Langford rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns of his own. The Michigan State defense forced the Wildcats to turn the ball over three times and only held them to two field goals, but that is no difficult task. The Wildcats have struggled mightily since their loss to Ohio State on Oct. 5 and haven’t scored a touchdown in 10 quarters.
The Michigan State offense was the biggest reason why the Spartans won this game. Cook seems to be looking better every week; he was no doubt the right choice for the Spartans at quarterback. Langford’s running ability has been a large factor in the success of the offense as well. He has rushed for 100 yards or more in six straight games.
The big question now will be if Michigan State’s No. 1 defense can stop Ohio State’s explosive offense in the conference championship game. It could likely come down to Michigan State’s offense and Ohio State’s defense. We will find out soon enough, but Michigan State first needs to focus on their game this Saturday against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The much-anticipated Michigan State and Ohio State matchup will take place on Dec. 7 in Indianapolis.