Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thoughts after 3rd quarter MSU, Notre Dame

 - There are two ways of looking at Michigan State's scoring drive in the third quarter. One is was a long drive and the Spartans ran the ball effectively. Quarterback Connor Cook made a couple nice throws. Yet, it ate up more than half of the quarter and netted just three points. There just isn't much explosiveness to MSU's offense. However, the idea to win on the road, is to shorten the game and let the chips fall where they may in the final quarter. The Spartans certainly have done that. They have a legitimate chance of winning this game.
- The lack of discipline by the Spartans' secondary today has been alarming. Not all the calls have been iffy, like MSU fans have been whining about on Twitter.
- It's amazing how Notre Dame, in third and short, still ran an empty backfield set and tried to throw the ball. I don't know if that says more about how good MSU's defense is, how bad ND's offense is. There is no reason to be impressive with the play-calling of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly today. He really hasn't presented any wrinkles, which has confused the Spartans' defense.


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