Gotta admit, State looked quite impressive against Wisconsin. Once they dissect the Indiana game film, their offensive coordinator will need to strap on a drool bucket when he considers a variety of ways to exploit our porous defense.
My quarter says that this coming Saturday we'll see the following unfold:
On offense, even though State doesn't have a Ben Chappell at the helm, they'll give added emphasize to the passing game after seeing how much cushion we're giving teams. They know we'll focus on stopping the run, so they'll focus on mid-range throws in an effort to control the clock and pick us apart. Their tight end will slide outside and cause us fits. Because Michigan will continue to play tentatively on defense and, for the most part, only bring 3-man pressure with GERG's "bend but don't break" philosophy, Cousins (like Chappell) will have time to find his targets.
On defense, their plan will be to keep Denard and our RBs corralled by cheating up and possibly shadowing DRob. State will emphasize taking away the run, period. Their plan will be to frustrate Denard and force him to make pressured and possibly errant throws. As such, Denard needs to be ready to scramble and find his open receivers -- and quickly -- because they will swarm to him and bring pressure. Denard will be sore after this one!
The Big House certainly helps us, but this game makes my sphincter quiver with anxiety.
I beseech you to allay my fears, brethren, and show me the error of my thought process.