Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Arizona State
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. Arizona State game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing (4 p.m., FOX/760).
► Matt Charboneau: Michigan State’s offense finally came to life last week, and the Spartans must now find a way to carry that over this week against a Power Five nonconference opponent. Arizona State is young, especially on offense, where it’s starting a true freshman quarterback behind an inexperienced offensive line. That’s not a good formula when facing the MSU defense on the road — the first one of Jayden Daniels’ career. The offense might not score 51, but the defense should have the Sun Devils running in circles. Michigan State 34, Arizona State 10
► Angelique S. Chengelis:Told ya Michigan State's offense would get it together last week. But this game against Arizona State will be about the defense. The Sun Devils aren't big on running the ball, and rank among the nation's worst in rushing yards. So what could they possibly do on the ground against this MSU defense? Probably not much. Arizona State is going to have to rely on a freshman quarterback and whether he can connect on some big plays. Unless Michigan State decides not to field a defense for this one, I can't see how the Sun Devils are going to make much happen. Michigan State 24, Arizona State 6
► John Niyo: Arizona State's is relying on a patchwork offensive line, as well as a true freshman at quarterback. That's a recipe for disaster in a road opener against the nation's No. 1-ranked run defense. But it's also a good Power 5 tuneup for the Spartans as they prepare for a difficult four-game stretch to start Big Ten play. Michigan State 31, Arizona State 13
► Bob Wojnowski: This should be an optimal matchup for Michigan State’s staunch defense, facing an Arizona State offense that has struggled behind freshman QB Jayden Daniels. Now that running back Elijah Collins has been revealed, and Brian Lewerke appears fully healed, the Spartans’ offense looks primed to gain traction. Mark Dantonio is going for the program’s all-time victories record, and that emotion — along with revenge for last year’s loss — should be more than enough to prevail. Michigan State 30, Arizona State 16