Kurtis Drummond and the Michigan State Spartans showed on Saturday why they have the best defense in the nation against the Minnesota Gophers. But will they show it against the Ohio State Buckeyes next week in the Big Ten championship game?
Yes. Drummond was among the top tackles for the Spartans against Minnesota with four solo and six assists in a 14-3 win Saturday. The junior safety is in his second season as a starter for the Spartans and has had a sensational year. Going into the Minnesota game, he was leading his team with 65 tackles, including three for losses. That’s incredible for a safety. He was especially outstanding at Nebraska with 10 tackles.
The Spartans had already clinched a berth in the Big Ten title game without beating Minnesota. It marked the fifth time in the last six games the Spartans have not allowed a touchdown. The defense also forced three turnovers and kept a decent Gophers team out of the end zone. The Spartans came into the game ranked No. 1 in the country in total defense.
But, they needed to get ready for the Buckeyes and make sure they’re in command of their game and ready to go. Drummond and his teammates showed they were ready. It’s defense that is going to cause Ohio State a ton of problems.
That said, Drummond and his teammates would appreciate some points from their offense against the Buckeyes. Chances are if the Spartan offense can muster at least 14 points against Ohio State, Michigan State will be going to the Rose Bowl. The Spartans’ defense is just too good.