At the start of each week, Land of 10 breaks down the postseason implications, and projections, to come out of the Michigan State Spartans’ latest contest …
What happened: What Big Blue hangover? The Spartans (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) held off Minnesota 30-27 in Minneapolis to keep pace with Ohio State and Penn State atop the Big Ten East. Tailback LJ Scott ran for 194 yards and 2 scores as Michigan State held off P.J. Fleck’s Gophers (3-3, 0-3) and survived a 21-point Minnesota fourth quarter.
What it means: The Big Ten’s comeback story of 2017 keeps humming along. A sloppy track in the Twin Cities played havoc with Sparty’s punting game and with quarterback Brian Lewerke (9-of-18 passing for 120 yards), but elite teams in elite seasons find a way. Despite hell from Mother Nature, Gang Green finally found theirs.
Projected record: Massey Ratings — 8-4; TeamRankings.com — 8-4
Projected postseason destination: Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla., versus SEC opponent
Cheapest seat on TicketCity.com as of Sunday: $93
Up next: vs. Indiana on Saturday. The Hoosiers (3-3, 0-3) are banged up emotionally and physically after selling out in a 27-20 overtime loss to Michigan last weekend in Bloomington. Indiana continues to make strides defensively, but this one feels, at first blush, to be another chance to keep building momentum on the march toward season-defining showdowns with Penn State (Nov. 4) at home and Ohio State (Nov. 11) on the road.