The Michigan State Spartans open the Big Ten season with a tough road test against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Spartans were unable to decide on a quarterback until the final game of their non-conference schedule. Will the offense that scored 55 points against Youngstown start continue to roll against Big Ten opponents.
The Spartans have had their challenges winning at Iowa city in recent years having to resort to trick plays and fake field goals to pull out victories. This game will be a good measuring stick for the Spartan offense to see if they can score against their big Ten counterparts. If MSU can muster any offense they will be able to turn to their elite defense to close the game out.
The Spartan defensive backfield has had some issues with pass interference calls in recent games. Defensive back Darqueze Dennard told ESPN that the team has worked hard to make adjustments by watching film and talking to officials.
It’s been a little bit of both. Watching old film and asking referees who come to our practice what would they call, what we can get away with, when will offensive pass interference be called. Just getting more knowledge on that stuff is the main thing.
Iowa is a team that has had tough non-confenence that included an upset against MAC foe Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes opened their Big Ten season last week with a solid victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
- When: Saturday, October 5th
- Where: Kinneck Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa
- Start Time: Noon
- TV: ESPN 2
- Radio: 760 WJR