Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. BYU

The Detroit News
Quarterback Tyler O'Connor could be at a crossroads in terms of remaining as Michigan State's starter.

Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Saturday's Michigan State-BYU game.

Matt Charboneau: Michigan State’s defense has been solid for the most part, but injuries are piling up and that could be an issue against an offense that scored 55 a week ago. The bigger issue with the Spartans is on offense, and there’s no sign they’ll be able to match that sort of output from the Cougars. BYU has plenty of experience and won’t be intimidated by the atmosphere at Spartan Stadium, likely sending the home crowd out the door grumbling about a third straight loss. BYU 31-27

Angelique S. Chengelis: The Spartans, coming off surprising back-to-back losses in the Big Ten, are reassessing and refocusing, and eager to show that they will respond in a positive manner. They are sticking with QB Tyler O’Connor. Michigan State 21-10

John Niyo: This may not be Tyler O’Connor’s last chance to solidify his starting job. But it might be his best chance, as BYU has allowed more than 1,500 passing yards already this season. Last week, BYU got torched by Toledo. This week, it’s a good chance for a young group of receivers to make some plays, provided they can limit their mistakes. Michigan State 31-24

Bob Wojnowski: Another dangerous juncture for Michigan State, coming off two straight losses. BYU is better than its 2-3 record, losing three games by a combined seven points against tough competition. The Cougars have QB Taysom Hill back, but he has struggled. This feels like a last stand for the Spartans' hopes, and maybe for Tyler O’Connor. It’ll be tight the whole way, and Michigan State’s defense will make a play at the end. Michigan State 34-32

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