Rakes of Mallow has a phenomenal post up breaking down Michigan State’s tendencies and performance on first down through three games. Excerpt:
Most impressive about these stats is the number of times Sparty rushed on first down for four yards or more. Almost 65% of the time MSU gained 4+ yards by carrying the rock on first down. Considering that 65% is the regarded as an excellent completion rate for a QB, and that the State averaged 6.5 ypc on runs of 4+ yards, Sparty’s first down rushing game is like having an extremely efficent second quarterback on the field.
His conclusion is that MSU has used the running game very effectively, by setting up late play action passes for big gains. Check it out.
More game day links:
- Kelly Green uses a history lesson on Greek warfare to conclude that Notre Dame needs to sell out against the run.
- Steve Grinczel says MSU will/should blitz more today.
- There’s a basketball reunion today. Keep your eyes out for Steve Smith, Mateen Cleaves, et al. on campus.
It’s a beautiful day for football! Let’s play two! (Sorry, wrong sport.)
Rather, Go Green!