MSU vs. Purdue Scouting Report and Prediction
The Spartans make the trip down to West Lafayette after a great week of spirited practice.Â Is there an emotional let down?Â I would think not.Â Being around the program all week there was an anger not seen this year at blown opportunities against UM and the loss that ensued.
Sure the Spartans have struggled against the spread this season.Â They also had success against Indiana.Â The issue at hand however is can the Spartans win the game?Â You bet they can and here is how they do it:
Spartans on Offense
The Boilermakers have a poor defense and the Spartans must run the ball down their throat.Â MSU more so than against any opponent this season has to simply show the resolve that they did in the second half of the UM game (thanks to shall we say, a full dose of Dantonio attitude directional change) and the commitment to beat people up.
MSU will score points against these guys and will success through the air only when they establish the rune.Â The problem is that they canâ€™t win a shoot out.Â MSU has to be committed and determined and use the run and when Purdue moves 8 and 9 guys into the box, which they will, throw it.Â If the Spartans can dominate at the line of scrimmage and keep Purdue off of the field the Spartans can win this game.Â Sure there is a lot of talk about the Purdue offense, but that D is bad!Â The Boiler offense canâ€™t score if they arenâ€™t on the field.Â Running the ball not only brings the ball down the field, it also eats time off of the clock.Â The Spartans want to shorten the game.
Spartans on Defense
The Spartan front seven is the key here.Â The DBâ€™s are what they are, but you saw against a more talented UM team that when the front seven cause pressure QBâ€™s make bad decisions and poor throws.Â Narduzzi late in the UM game claimed it wasnâ€™t a prevent, but when you are sending six and at times seven guys (most of the game) and then only throw five or less (yes some where blitzing, but they still only had three down lineman rushers to start) that still is a form of the prevent.Â MSU CANâ€™T DO THAT!Â This team has to do what won them the five games already.Â Â Pressure the QB, and beat people up at the line of scrimmage.Â
This team is mad.Â I sincerely wouldnâ€™t call them down.Â They know that a lot of people think they are done.Â They know that people are disappointed.Â The things that people are forgetting is so are they.
I think that the Spartans harness the energy from this week and Purdue pays for it.Â Once again I use the secret Mark Dantonio formula and I think the Spartans get five sacks/turnovers and you see them do what they do.Â The Spartans will pass effectively by putting Hoyer in a position to succeed.Â Rather than asking him to do what he canâ€™t, they will put him in spots that he can do.Â He will be smart with the football, and make wise choices.Â MSU will run for over 200 yards and when the dust settles you will see the Spartans win this one 31-28.
I fully understand that the Purdue offense will attack our DBâ€™s, but if Narduzzi can get his guys at Painter, he will miss some guys and make some mistakes.Â I have told you all a hundred times that back in the day, my Dadâ€™s mantra to me was that a QB canâ€™t complete a pass on his A**!
If the Spartans donâ€™t get pressure or if they try to have a shoot out with the Boilers it will be a long and depressing day.Â I donâ€™t see.Â Spartans move to 6-5 and head home with a lot on the line against PSU.