The Spartans Must Stop _______ To Win

Michigan Week! Make no mistake just how important this game is to both Michigan State and Michigan. Not only will the winner take another step towards fighting for a Big Ten title, they will become bowl eligible. Whom do the Spartans need to stop for a victory?

Saturday afternoon the country will be watching as Michigan State and Michigan renew their longtime rivalry with a lot more on the line than just the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Bragging rights, a hand up in recruiting, and the next step taken towards a possible Big Ten title are all at stake.

While everyone is talking about Michigan's Denard Robinson, there are a few other players the Spartans will need to keep in check if they want to return to East Lansing with a victory.

Denard Robinson – QB: The early favorite to win college football's top award, Robinson is showing what they right quarterback can do in a Rich Rodriguez offense. Not only is Robinson using his legs by rushing for 905 yards and 8 touchdowns, he's also being solid with his arm having passed for just under 70% and 1008 yards, 7 touchdowns and only 1 interception. The Spartans do not have to stop Robinson to win, but they must keep him between the twenties and out of the end zone if they hope to win the game.

Roy Roundtree – WR: Roundtree is not a speed burner but is consistent and a solid route runner who makes defenders mistakes turn into big gains. The Spartans have the ability to shut down Roundtree and force Robinson to find another target.

Michael Shaw – RB: While Vincent Smith and Shaw are close in the stat department it is Shaw who is the running back that must be kept in check. Shaw averages 5.6 yards per carry but can also catch the ball out of the backfield for positive gains.

Jonas Mouton – LB: The fifth year linebacker is having a solid season and leading the Big Ten in stops with 47. Mouton has 3.5 tackles for loss and has pulled down two interceptions. He will be looking to show there are other linebackers to talk about in the Big Ten beside Greg Jones.

Mike Martin – DT: Martin has 4.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks so far this season. For the Spartans to have success they must keep Martin in check as defensive tackles in the 3-3-5 look to open up lanes for linebackers to make plays.


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