If you needed to see No. 11 Michigan State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) play a complete game to remind you how good they can be, you got it. Connor Cook passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremy Langford rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns as the Spartans finished up the home portion of its schedule with a 45-3 drubbing of Rutgers (6-5, 2-5 Big Ten).
Michigan State rolled out to a 35-0 lead in the first half before Rutgers could put three points on the board late in the third quarter. The Spartans were excellent on third down conversion attempts and were two-for-two on fourth downs. Michigan State piled up over 500 yards of offense and held Rutgers to roughly half of that total. It was just complete domination from start to finish for Michigan State.
Michigan State will play its final game of the regular season next week on the road at Penn State. The winner of the game will receive the Land Grant Trophy, which is currently possessed by the Spartans. One more win by Michigan State could very well make the Spartans an attractive at-large option, but that may only come into play if Ohio State is not in the College Football Playoff.
Rutgers will end the season on the road against Maryland. Both Rutgers and Maryland are already bowl eligible, but positioniong in the Big Ten East standings could be on the line.