Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Purdue

The Detroit News
Rondale Moore

Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's Michigan State vs. Purdue game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing (noon, ESPN/760).

Matt Charboneau: The Spartans’ offense continues to be stuck in reverse, and with the loss of wide receiver Felton Davis and the sore shoulder for quarterback Brian Lewerke, a turnaround doesn’t seem that likely. However, the Spartans’ defense continues to play well enough to win and MSU is at a point in the season where things could snowball in the wrong direction or start to rebound. Expect the Spartans to take advantage of Purdue coming down a bit from last week’s win over Ohio State. Michigan State, 24-21

Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan State, which has endured too many injuries on offense this season, is coming off a sub-par performance in terms of production after gaining a mere 94 yards against Michigan last week. Purdue is coming in hot after upsetting Ohio State, but the Boilermakers' defense is not on par with Michigan’s, so the Spartans should be able to move the ball. Problem is, Purdue has a dynamic offense and features multi-talented playmaker Rondale Moore, who leads the Big Ten in all-purpose yards, averaging 179.9 a game. The injuries could be too much to overcome for the Spartans. Purdue, 21-17

John Niyo: Purdue is rolling and Michigan State is reeling. And while the Spartans’ defense is playing better than Ohio State’s right now, the offense is a mess. If you can’t run the ball and you can’t convert third downs, you’re going to get beat this time of year. Purdue, 24-19

Bob Wojnowski: Not an ideal matchup for the wounded Spartans, which isn’t something you often say when Purdue comes to town. But the Boilermakers have won four straight, each by double digits, and have a prolific passing attack directed by David Blough. Michigan State’s pass defense ranks 115th in the country. No matter who starts at quarterback for the Spartans, they have to find a way to run the ball to keep Purdue’s offense off the field. Easy to say, not so easy to do. Purdue, 24-16