Earlier I posted my four keys to success for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Football Championship. Now, here are my four keys to success for the Michigan State Spartans. 1. Go deep. Look, Connor Cook is the best quarterback in the Big Ten. No one is gonna argue that. Heck, he’s one of the best in the nation. That’s why the Spartans need to chuck it deep vs. an Iowa secondary that is good—but not great. Desmond King is a ball hawk, but he isn’t Charles Woodson. And there isn’t a ton of athletic ability in the Iowa secondary
I’m up and ready for today’s Big Ten Football Championship, and having watched both Iowa and Michigan State play all season long I have my thoughts on what each team needs to do to win. In this post, I give you my four keys for Iowa to succeed on Saturday. 1. Run the ball: It’s pretty simple. This is the bread and butter of Iowa’s attack. It has been dating back to when Hayden Fry took over a massive rehab project in 1979 in Iowa City and built some great teams around backs like Ronnie Harmon, Sedrick Shaw, Tavian Banks, Nick Bell
Earlier, I looked at Michigan State and Iowa position-by-position on offense. Here is a look at the Spartans and Hawkeyes on defense on special teams. Who has the edge?
Two teams. One conference championship. Who has the edge when Michigan State and Iowa meet on Saturday night under the glow of the Lucas Oil Stadium lights in Indianapolis? Who knows for sure? That’s why they play the games. Still, that won’t stop me from taking a look at each offensive unit for each team. Let the comparisons on offense begin. QUARTERBACKS Have right arm, will travel. Michigan State’s Connor Cook is the Big Ten’s ultimate sheriff, the best signal-caller in the Big Ten. The senior is hitting 57.6 percent of his passes with 2,730 yards, 24 touchdowns and just four
How often do we see a game come down to a kicker needing to boot a field goal in the dying seconds to win a game? It happens usually once a season for most teams. Sometimes a few times. What’s my point? Don’t ignore the kickers in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night, as the league championship and a spot in the playoffs may come down to their toes. Let’s meet them. MICHIGAN STATE: Michael Geiger, 5-8, 186, junior Who can forget the image of Geiger sprinting downfield whirling an arm after nailing 41-yard field goal as time expired
With D.J. Durkin off to coach Maryland, Michigan needs a defensive coordinator. Mlive.com has some names. Hey, Greg Mattison is still on staff. He was DC under Brady Hoke and did a nice job. Jim Leavitt? I like it. He was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff with the 49ers. An intense and smart coach who oozes passion. On the subject of Durkin, who was introduced has head coach on Thursday in College Park, was his hire a risk? Sure it was. All hires are. They guy never has been a head coach. And he has no ties to the east. A lot
What's Iowa QB C.J. Beathard's record as a starter? What is Kirk Ferentz's record against Michigan State? What's Mark Dantonio's record against Iowa? And what was the final score the last time these two teams met? Bonus number: They last played in 2013, and we've got the highlight video to prove it.
Ahead of Saturday’s big game, I look back at what I believe were Iowa’s three defining games. See the games and relive the highlights in the post below. Remember: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. BTN coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with extensive postgame coverage after the game. 1. Sept. 19. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi tried to ice Iowa kicker Marshall Koehn, but it didn’t work. Koehn
Michigan State pulled together another strong football season. As the Spartans head into Saturday’s big game, I lay out what I believe are Michigan State’s three defining games in 2015. See the games and relive the highlights in the post below. Remember: Big Ten West champ Iowa and Big Ten East champ Michigan State will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game at 8:17 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. BTN coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with extensive postgame coverage after the game. 1. Sept. 12. Michigan State waited a
The Rose Bowl committee has been adamant that it will select the highest-rated CFP Big Ten team to replace the champion if it is selected for the playoffs. This is bad news for the loser of the Big Ten title game—Iowa or Michigan State. The winner will skip off to the playoffs. The loser? It figures to be passed in the rankings by Ohio State, which means the Buckeyes would be tabbed for the Rose Bowl despite not winning their division. It makes no sense. But, there is some wiggle room for the Rose Bowl to call an audible and