Purdue (1-5)(0-2 B1G) at Michigan State (5-1)(2-0 B1G) (12:00 p.m. ET, on BTN)
Line: MSU -28 (Bovada)
Last Meeting: 2010: 35-31 MSU
3 Players to Watch:
1) Connor Cook (QB, MSU):I have been as tough on Cook as anyone, but the sophomore quarterback has seemed to progress in the early B1G season. Last game Cook completed 22 of 31 passes for 235 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while competing 71% of his attempts. Connor should have another good week as the Purdue defense has not looked good thus far in 2013, allowing 37.8 points per game, which ranks them 117th in the NCAA. The combination of a bad defense and a progressing offense should lead to a good day for Cook and I think he will throw for at least three touchdowns in this matchup.
2) Delton Williams(HB, MSU): Mark Dantonio took the redshirt off of Williams in the game at Iowa and it has looked to be the right decision. Williams ran 12 times against Indiana last week while racking up 92 yards for an average of 7.7 yards per attempt. I would look for Delton to be used more in the passing game as the season progresses. In high school Williams showed a great ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and may line up as a wide out at times, similar to how MSU used Le’Veon Bell.
3) DeAngelo Yancey (WR, Purdue): Well the Purdue offense has been absolutely dreadful, but Yancey has really broken out over the last two weeks. Against Northern Illinois and Nebraska, Yancey has racked up 263 receiving yards and one touchdown. Sure, he might not be able to make Purdue win, but the freshman is really starting to make a name for himself in the B1G. He will go against the best cornerback tandem he has faced all year in Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes. It could be a learning experience for the young wide out, but he has been impressive and is someone to look for nonetheless.
Connor Cook has continued to give the Spartan faithful hope that this offense could turn into a positive for MSU rather than a liability. Jeremy Langford and Delton Williams have seemed to create a capable backfield for the Spartans; which is something they truly need to keep this offense moving. The wide receivers have looked comfortable with Cook but the Spartans still need a Tight End to step up and provide a safety blanket for the young quarterback.
Well Michigan State’s defense will face one of the worst offenses in the entire NCAA. It took Purdue 4 quarters to score against Nebraska, which makes me think that there is the possibility that they will be shut out this week. This does not look to be a good matchup for the Boilermaker offense and it could be a day to forget for this unit.
The Spartans have people believe that they could win the Legends Division this year. With an offense seeming to progress weekly and a defense that could be the best in the nation, that belief does not seem to be to far off. This game should be another confidence builder for Michigan State and unfortunately for Purdue, I do not think they have a realistic chance at winning this one.
My pick: Michigan State 45, Purdue 3