The #24 1-1 Michigan State Spartans travel to Bloomington, Indiana to face the 3-0 Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday night to kick off Big Ten play for both teams. The Battle for the Old Brass Spittoon returns to Indiana where the last time the game was played there in 2016 the Hoosiers came out with the win. Will the Hoosiers be able to replicate that result on Saturday.
The Indiana Hoosiers are off to a great start with three wins over, FIU, Virginia, and Ball State. The Hoosiers are led in passing by Payton Ramsey who has passed for 479 yards and five touchdowns and two interceptions. Indiana has been able to run the ball effectively as leading rusher Stevie Scott has 388 yards and three touchdowns. Leading receiver Luke Timian has 13 catches for 138 yards. The Hoosiers are averaging 436.3 total yards offensively in 2018. The Hoosiers pass defense looks impressive as they are only giving up 135.3 yards per game. The Hoosiers are 4-1 in their last five games dating back to last season.
The Michigan State Spartans are coming off a bye week, after suffering a three-point loss on the road in the desert against Arizona State. The Spartans opened the season with a win against Utah State, in a tight battle. Can Brian Lewerke get the offense going?. He has passed for 601 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. LJ Scott has been less than stellar with only 103 yards rushing in 2018, the senior was dealing with an injury in week two, will he be fully ready for tomorrow night. Cody White has taken off with 14 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns through two games. Can defensive captains Joe Bachie and Khari Willis get the Spartan defense going early in this Big Ten opener? How much pressure is on Rocky Lombardi playing punter?
Some Bold Predictions:
Brian Lewerke bounces back keeping his passing average over 300 yards. Lewerke passes for four touchdowns. The Spartans will finally show much improved offensive line play. Matt Allen will be the center. Cody White and Felton Davis will have a monster night in Bloomington. The Spartans will finally show a decent rushing attack behind LJ Scott and Connor Heyward.
The Pick: This game will be a tight battle as it always is, but I think Lewerke can help the Spartans pull away in the fourth quarter and keep the Old Brass Spittoon in East Lansing. The Spartans open Big Ten play with a 31-17 win.