Michigan State vs. Central Michigan post game recapMichigan State held on to it’s No.2 AP ranking this week after their win against Central Michigan, but its toughest competition this season is getting closer.
This is the second straight week the Spartans have been among the top two teams in the country. This is also the second week that the Big Ten has dominated the top two spots in the AP Poll. This is highly historic as the last time this happened was nearly a decade ago. The potential of a No.1 vs No. 2 matchup on November 21st in Columbus is getting stronger and stronger.
But still, questions loom for State.
This past weekend, the Spartans controlled the fourth quarter and came out on top 30-10. It was 17-10 in the third, Central Michigan had the ball when Michigan State held on fourth-and-2 from the Michigan State 37 and with pressure from Riley Bullough and Shilique Calhoun, Cooper Rush threw an incomplete pass. Michigan State took it from there.
on the ground, MSU ran it better.
“I still feel like we’ve not played our best football game. We’re gonna get everybody’s best shot,” said Coach Mark Dantonio.
Calhoun helped the Spartans shake up Central Michigan’s offence, and also its kicking game . The senior defensive lineman had 2 ½ sacks and a blocked field goal, alongside Demetrious Cooper who had the second blocked field goal.
Sophomore Shane jones played well in place of Bullough, who had to sit out the first half after he was called for targeting in last week’s game against Air Force.
The injuries for MSU are beginning to pile up. In addition to Jack Conklin’s injury, the Spartans played without defensive tackle Joel Heath, and lost tight end Josiah Price (ankle) and safety RJ Williamson (lower body).
“There’s nothing really we can do about that. It’s football. We need to get the No.2 guys to go in there and fill their spot, and match the intensity of the No.1 guys,” said Dantonio.
This Saturday, Michigan State will prepare to play in its first conference game this season against Purdue. Kickoff is set for 12:00pm EST