Bob Wojnowski, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau preview the UM-Penn State and MSU-Maryland games. The Detroit News, The Detroit News
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. Maryland game at Capital One Field in College Park, Md. (noon, ESPN2/760).
Matt Charboneau: It’s hard to guess what state of mind the Terrapins will be in this week after their coach was reinstated then fired in less than a day. What might matter more is the fact the Terps can’t throw the ball and their running attack faces the top rushing defense in the nation. Expect Rocky Lombardi to continue Michigan State’s offensive progression as the Spartans become bowl-eligible. Michigan State, 34-17
Angelique S. Chengelis: So last week I picked Purdue to beat Michigan State, in large part because of the Boilermakers’ upset of Ohio State and the numerous injuries the Spartans have endured. Silly me. Forget it. Whoever is quarterbacking the Spartans – Rocky Lombardi was impressive last week in relief of Brian Lewerke – they’re in good hands. It will be interesting to see how Maryland responds to all the off-the-field issues this week. Regardless, Michigan State is refocused and will be tough to beat. Michigan State, 24-13
John Niyo: Who knows how Maryland will respond after another bizarre week in College Park? But on the field, the question is whether Michigan State's run defense will handle all the misdirection well enough to force the Terrapins to pass. If it can, Rocky Lombardi looks comfortable enough to get the job done again. Michigan State, 24-20
Bob Wojnowski: Tough game to figure, with the emotional turmoil at Maryland and D.J. Durkin finally, rightfully being dismissed. The Terps run the ball well, but the Spartans stop the run as effectively as any team in the country. If it comes down to the quarterbacks, Michigan State will need Rocky Lombardi to be steady and turnover-free. Maryland’s Kasim Hill isn’t much of a passer, and the Spartans’ defense can stuff a one-dimensional offense. Michigan State, 30-23