Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Lots and lots and lots of seasoned Big Ten fans were pointing to Michigan State 's trip to Evanston as a giant flashing neon TRAP TRAP FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING HOLY IT'S A TRAP game, what with 1. Sparty's tendency to play down to its opponent 2. Northwestern 's bye week to prepare 3. the Wildcat's tendency to play up to their opponent. MSU really can't say they weren't warned.
The warning has gone unheeded: Northwestern is flattening the Spartans 17-0 midway through the second quarter. Even if that's not that surprising, the Wildcats' utter dominance on the ground surely is; against one of the Big Ten's best rush defenses, the home team already has 121 rushing yards to the Spartans' 33, led by quarterback Dan Persa with 47 yards and two touchdowns. Persa has added 98 yards through the air as NU has an eye-popping 241 total yards.
Michigan State is driving as we type this, but it will take more than one drive to avoid what looks like an extremely serious upset bid fpor the nation's No. 7 team.
UPDATE: That drive ended in a Spartan touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to cut the NU lead to 17-7, but again, MSU will have to finally stop the Northwestern attack to get all the way back into the game.