Michigan State co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel confident Spartans will be ready to roll against Ohio State.

Holding a team to seven points is usually a good sign your defense has stepped up its game. However, when you're the Michigan State Spartans, people view your defense a little different especially when you next play Ohio State in what could be the biggest game of the season.

Coming off their game against Nebraska many wondered if the Spartans front four had peaked after not getting any real pressure on the Huskers.  Maryland provided Mike Tressel’s group a chance to feel good about themselves before heading to Columbus.

“Football is so much a game of confidence,” said Tressel following the win.  “If you want to be successful, you need to be in situations where you have success and then build on it.  The biggest thing, to me, was that the guys did play fast and they did play physical and they did try to dominate.  That was the mentality.  We leave with confidence, and that’s big.”

The Spartans gave up 289 total yards of offense but recorded three interceptions and forced and recovered two fumbles to go with three sacks and six quarterback hurries.  

But there are still lapses in the secondary that should have Spartan fans concerned when they take the field next Saturday afternoon. Tressel knows the Spartans are putting several unproven players on the field but feels things are starting to come together.

“It’s a fine line when you get guys that are playing well together and they’re gelling and you want to stick with them,” he said.  “But you also know that over the course of the rest of the season we’re going to need more guys.  When you have the opportunity to get extra guys experience, especially a Monty Madaris, who hadn’t had that much experience on defense, or Tyson Smith, a freshman, you need to take advantage of those opportunities.  Why guys are working together we’ll stick with it, but we also need to have guys who are ready to roll.”


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