Michigan State and Minnesota meet on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
The Spartans (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) look to keep rolling after taking down then-No. 7 Michigan last weekend. The Gophers (3-2, 0-2) and coach P.J. Fleck have lost two straight games to Maryland and at Purdue. These two programs have not faced off since 2013.
Earlier this week, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck praised the Spartans, as he said if Michigan beats Michigan State, that would be a surprise.
Michigan State-Minnesota football TV channel, time, live stream
Michigan State and Minnesota are playing on the Big Ten Network.
Kickoff time: 8 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
TV channel: Big Ten Network. You can find the Big Ten Network on your TV here.
Michigan State-Minnesota football picks, odds
Michigan State is a 4-point favorite on MyBookie. The over-under is 40.5 points.
Michigan State-Minnesota preview: 3 keys
1. Keep the pass rush going
With 13 sacks through five games, Michigan State has already surpassed its total from the entire 2016 season and gotten back to the defense that made it so successful over the past decade. Against Michigan, the Spartans took down quarterback John O’Korn four times, with former walk-on Kenny Willekes doing so twice. And when pressured, O’Korn’s scrambling led to his many mistakes (three interceptions).
Now Michigan State face Minnesota, which has only allowed one sack through five games. QB Conor Rhoda has already been turnover-prone, however, and if Michigan State can collapse the pocket like it did last weekend, it will make his night game a nightmare.
And when the pressure doesn’t lead to sacks, defensive backs reap the benefits. Forcing Rhoda to rush throws will allow David Dowell, Josiah Scott and Co. an opportunity to make game-changing plays on the ball.
2. Stay disciplined
Minnesota likely won’t lose its composure or make unforced errors. The Gophers have been penalized the fewest times (21) for the fewest yards (203) in the Big Ten. (Full disclosure: Penn State averages fewer penalties and yards per game but has played six games).
Michigan State, on the other hand, can’t seem to help itself. The Spartans have been penalized 20 times for 146 yards in the last two games alone. Their captains, Brian Allen and Chris Frey, have often been the culprits. Allen has been called for multiple false starts, while Frey put the Spartans in a precarious spot with a personal foul late in the game against Michigan.
Coach Mark Dantonio shook his head when thinking about how several takeaways ended in personal fouls last Saturday, pushing Michigan State back and stifling any momentum that it created. Penalties kill drives, and Michigan State needs to put points on the board. The Spartans have won two straight games with fewer than 20 points scored, but they can’t continue to put that type of pressure on their defense.
3. Run the ball
Minnesota hasn’t been easily broken down via the run, but Michigan State can’t wait any longer to get its ground game going. Quarterback Brian Lewerke remains the leading rusher for the Spartans, who still don’t have a 100-yard yard rusher this year. Both of those facts need to change.
If LJ Scott remains unhealthy, it has to be Gerald Holmes or Madre London. Both players have plenty of experience. Minnesota only allows 114.2 yards on the ground per game, but this can’t be about the Gophers. This has to be about Michigan State imposing its will through a good push up front like it has gotten so often in years past.
A lot of that depends on the offensive line. The Spartans start a true freshman at right guard in Kevin Jarvis and a redshirt freshman at right tackle in Luke Campbell, with true freshman right tackle Jordan Reid coming off the bench. As these young linemen continue to get settled in, the Spartans’ ground game should gradually improve.
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