Saturday, October 04, 2014

Thoughts halftime MSU Nebraska

- Michigan State's cornerbacks are just owning Nebraska's wide receivers. There is no separation at all on "go" routes, even if the Spartans are in press coverage on every play.
- Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. looks like a throwback to the old days when option quarterbacks were one-dimensional as runners. Lack of passing remains Nebraska's big issue offensively in the Bo Pelini era. The Cornhuskers wouldn't have even remotely threatened to score in the first half were it not for a muffed punt by MSU returner Macgarrett Kings.
- Nebraska's scheme plays right into the hands of MSU. It's old-fashioned, hard-nosed football. The Spartans aren't going to lose that type of game. They remain exceptionally stout defensively and solid and balanced offensively. That was a big-time strip by linebacker Ed Davis on the fumble by Armstrong.
- Connor Cook makes more than a few throws that are NFL caliber. I'd be surprised if he isn't the next MSU QB to make a mark in the NFL. He is at least as good as Kirk Cousins, and probably better than Brian Hoyer, from what I can tell.

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