If nothing else can be said about the Big Ten through the first month of the season, No. 9 Michigan State (3-1) has clearly been the class of the conference. If not for one bad quarter on the road against Oregon, the Spartans would be undefeated and a top title contender. With the exception of that one bad quarter against the Ducks, Michigan State has performed flawlessly. That dominance and execution was once again put on display Saturday afternoon against Wyoming (3-2). Michigan State’s 56-14 victory sends the defending Big Ten champs into the Big Ten portion of their schedule on a roll.
Michigan State had 533 yards of offense and the defense held Wyoming to 286 yards. The Spartans defense also picked up three turnovers. It was everything we have come to expect from Michigan State over the last few seasons. At a time when the Big Ten has been said to be as down as ever, it appears Michigan State is stepping up to take charge of the conference.
Michigan State took a 42-14 lead to the half and put things on cruise control the rest fo the way. Ten different players recorded a rushing attempt for the Spartans and nine different receivers caught a pass. Kurtis Drummond recorded the game’s only interception of the game. Quarterback Connor Cook had a quick afternoon but not before passing for 126 yards on 12 attempts and having two touchdown passes and another on the ground.
Michigan State now gets set for Big Ten play as the team to beat. Mark Dantonio appears to have this team ready to embrace that role. It all begins next week with a home game against Nebraska. With Penn State going down to Northwestern at home, Nebraska will begin their night game against Illinois as the only remaining undefeated Big Ten team standing. Michigan State’s biggest games will come later in the season though with Michigan and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks in late October and early November. Michigan State also closes the regular season at Penn State.
There is still plenty of football to be played, but Michigan State is absolutely the Big Ten’s best chance to make a run for the College Football Playoff.