Oct 26, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) drops back to pass during the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans V Illinois Fightin Illini: Spartans Make Statement 42-3

The Michigan State Spartans went into Illinois and trounced the Illini 42-3.  The Spartans improve their record to 7-1 and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Despite having only one loss and being undefeated in the conference, Michigan State was unranked going into the game against Illinois.

By blowing out Illinois the Spartans make a statement to AP poll voters this week.

It is time for the Spartans to be ranked.

The Spartan offense is elite, the best in the country in fact, and is worthy of a Top 25 ranking in and of itself.  The big question for the Spartans this week was the viability of their offense.

Connor Cook answered that question today by completing 15 of 16 passes, setting the Spartan record for completion percentage at 94%. Cook also passed for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Spartans continued to be effective of the ground this week.  Jeremy Langford led the Spartans with 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was the third consecutive week that Langford posted 100 yards rushing.  The effort by Langford was part of a punishing Michigan State ground attack that amassed 269 total yards rushing.

After the game an ESPN sideline reporter asked Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio what preparation for the Michigan game this week would be like.

Dantonio’s response?

“Fun, it’s always fun”.

Don’t expect Mark Dantonio to add anything to Brady Hoke’s bulletin board this week, but the question indicates that this game is likely to get its share of national attention.

Be sure to check in with Detroit Jock City this week for coverage of the Michigan v Michigan State game.

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