Arizona State (@6.0) vs Michigan State (@1.13)

Our Prediction:

Michigan State will win

Arizona State – Michigan State Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 16:00

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If hes fired up, fine. Weve seen emotional games work for athletes for the better, too Brett Favres night in Oakland right after his fathers death is one of the great efforts youll ever witness. Thats who he is. But hes human.I remember MSUs Denzel Valentine and Iowas Anthony Clemmons, teammates at Lansing Sexton High School, putting together the worst two performances Ive ever seen on a basketball court when they met for the first time in college, trying to show off to their shared inner-circles and each other. The playmaking will come. MSU needs Lewerke to be himself. Lewerke is a seasoned player, who ought to be able to handle an emotional game in his backyard in front of family and friends whove never seen him play college football in person. If he forces it, who knows. But hes got to manage the game first.

Lewerke is still developing chemistry with his tight ends and secondary receivers, but starters Felton Davis III, Darrell Stewart Jr. Davidson each had two of thosesacks, while mammoth defensive end Shannon Forman returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. When MSU has the ball: The Spartans without starting left tackle Cole Chewins struggled to block between-the-tackle run plays and had major pass-protection issues on the edge of the line and in the backfield during the first half against Utah State. Defensive end Darius Slade, an Ohio State transfer, and defensive tackle D.J. Connor Heyward emerged as a speedy, powerful option at running back with two TDs, and LJ Scott looked impressive catching the ball on screens. Arizona State allowed just 2 rushing yards and had nine sacks in a 49-7 blowout of Texas-San Antonio. However, when QB Brian Lewerke went with option runs or sideline pass plays, MSU moved the ball in big chunks and blocked better. and Cody White picked up where they left off last season by combining for 194 of MSUs 287 receiving yards and 15 of the Spartans 23 catches.


Itll be a back-and-forth battle and one thatll have fans on the edge of their seats for 60 minutes, but a late interception by David Dowell will end the game. No one likes to watch their team hit the road for some Pac-12 After Dark action, especially since the Big Ten is 0-9 in Tempe all time, but Michigan State is going to flex some muscle late and hold on for a tough late-night win. If your heart is still racing from the win over Utah State, Id suggest taking this week off.

The Spartanspass defense was shredded for 380 yards through the air and squandered a 10-point fourth-quarter lead, losing at the gun on a 28-yard field goal. The Spartans may have Big Ten rival Northwestern on deck next week, but theres no way theyre looking past the Sun Devils. In fact, Michigan State players probably have this game circled on their calendar, looking to avenge the 16-13 loss they suffered in Arizona State last year in Week 2.

Darrell Stewart Jr. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 13 tackles, Kenny Willekes has 3.5 sacks and Antjuan Simmons has one interception. Brian Lewerke is completing 63.8 percent of his passes for 506 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 179.5 yards per contest, and Elijah Collins leads the way with 209 yards on 25 carries. and Cody White have combined for 322 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Matt Dotson has five receptions. Lewerke has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last six games. The Michigan State Spartans also look for a 3-0 record with their third straight home victory. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last nine home games. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 12 points and 216 yards per game.

Hes the ideal counter to someone like Harry, whose type isnt so rare at the next level. This is an opportunity for Layne. What makes Layne so appealing himself as an NFL prospect is that hes a 6-foot-3 cornerback, with the wiggle of a 5-10 corner. Arizona State junior NKeal Harry is a big, strong target and elusive runner after the catch, a likely first-round draft pick (Draft guru Mel Kiper has Harry as the 21st-best prospect in next springs draft.). This is the sort of game that could vault MSU junior cornerback Justin Layne up NFL draft boards. Keep your eye on this pairing. And if he shows hes up for it, MSU will be limiting the Sun Devils best weapon.

Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Arizona State

Go tell someone else that it's only dry heat. Well see if it impacts the game and how much it bothers MSUs players. Its after Labor Day and the 100-degree temperatures for an evening kickoff are nothing out of the ordinary. I dont understand why anyone would live in Phoenix. There are certain players MSU needs on the field. If cramping becomes an issue, the timing of it could be critical. Ive got to imagine for receivers and defensive backs, especially, this wont be much fun. Dry heat is just as relentless, even if less sticky.

If that group finds its way this week and does push around ASU the Spartans offense could blow this open. Arizona State writer Doug Haller said somethingI didnt expect about where he thought MSU would have an advantage: I would be surprised if Michigan State didnt just run the ball right at them. After last week, Im not convinced itll be such a problem for the Sun Devils, who allowed 2yards rushingto Texas-San Antonio. But if the power run game winds up being the Spartans greatest advantage, they might not have much of an advantage at all. Brian Lewerke and his receivers might be an overwhelming force if MSU also has the Sun Devils on their heals at the line of scrimmage. Thats abig if. Thats going to be a problem for Arizona State, he said. Last weeks push by MSUs offensive line was uninspiring and should be concerning. True, it is a front seven without a ton of starting experience, with freshmen at two of the linebacker spots (in a 3-4 defense) and sophomores in the secondary.