Greg Jones, Eric Gordon and the rest of the Spartans senior football class of 2010 will take to the turf at Spartan Stadium one last time on Saturday. Here is how SpartanDigest.com sees the gaming breaking down.
Purdue is giving up 148 yards per game while the Spartans are averaging 176 yards per game. This is a chance for the Spartans to play ball control offense with the Spartans offensive line rested and ready to pound the ball down the Boilermakers throats. Advantage: MSU
Purdue Rush Offense vs. Michigan State Rush Defense
With a quarterback still struggling, Purdue will look to Dan Dierking to set the tone for the run game. However, do not forget quarterback Rob Henry who has rushed for 466 yards himself. Stop Purdue's running game (10 rushing TDs), and you have a great chance of winning. The Spartans defense will be rested and back to full strength and ready to close out their home schedule with a solid performance. Advantage: MSU
Michigan State Pass Offense vs. Purdue Pass Defense
After finding his groove, Kirk Cousins has seen a few struggles the past couple of games. Now, Cousins should be back to top form having time to work out the kinks to his game. The Spartans should be back to 100% and the run game should open up the Spartans passing attack. This is where Purdue can hurt you. Ryan Kerrigan has 11.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss on the season. However, he is not alone as Kawann Short has also posted double digit TFL and 6 sacks on the year. Cousins will get pressure placed on him, but should have enough time to hit his receivers. Advantage: MSU
Purdue Pass Offense vs. Michigan State Pass Defense
The Boilermakers have 8 passing touchdowns on the year. Rob Henry only has three of them. Look for the Spartans to bring pressure early and often to force Henry to make mistakes. Greg Jones and Eric Gordon both should have big days as the Spartans shut down the Purdue passing game. Advantage: MSU
Carson Wiggs handles field goal chores for Purdue hitting on 76% of his tries with a long of 49 yards on the season. Cody Webster does most of the punting with an average of 41 yards on the season and 10 of 50+ yards and 9 inside the twenty. Purdue has not touchdowns from their punt or kick return teams on the season.
Talk is Keshawn Martin will be back on Saturday and should give the Spartans a spark they have been missing on special teams. Dan Conroy has gone 14-15 with his long being a 50 yarder. Aaron Bates will be playing his final home game and has been solid this season with 11 punts of 50+ yards and 10 landing inside the twenty. Advantage: MSU
A win would be the tenth of the season and keep the Spartans in the hunt for a Big Ten Championship. Final home game for 17 seniors who have seen a lot of success, so emotions will be sky high. While Purdue will be annoying, the Spartans should roll to another win setting up a huge game the following weekend against Penn State. Advantage: MSU