The Michigan State No 10 was on their way to the CFP after beating Michigan, but long-term losses to Purdue and Ohio State put their championship aspirations on hold. While this isn’t a playoff game, the Spartans will still be at full strength with a very good Pittsburgh Panthers team in the Peach Bowl.
The Panthers are here thanks to the role of QB Kenny Pickett, who was the Heisman Trophy champion this season. The problem with that is that Pickett chose to skip this game in preparation for the NFL Draft. While the lack of Pickett would make this game much less enjoyable to watch, the show still has to go on. The Panthers will start Nick Patti under center in place of Pickett. Junior had only 140 yards all season passing 12-14.
Michigan State will also be without its best player, Kenneth Walker III, who also opted out of the game in preparation for the NFL Draft.
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Patti will be under a lot of pressure early in the season, but things could be a lot worse. The Spartan player is quite weak in defense and ranks 130th in the country in terms of the number of yards allowed per game. Opponents are successfully completing 65.5% of their passes and averaging 337.7 yards of fouls against Sparta.
Michigan State also won’t have a player of Heisman’s caliber with Kenneth Walker III deciding to sit out. This left the Spartans without the most effective offensive weapons and the attack was left to Jordon Simmons. The sophomore has 255 yards in the season and will face the sixth rush defense in the nation. If the Spartans are unable to run, this is likely to put a lot more pressure on midfielder Payton Thorne to keep the team on their toes.
Although I wanted to bring Pitt in to upset MSU, this is just a pity for Patti. Sure, he knew the offense, but he had no field experience. I think with the two best players in every game sitting out there could be a lot of defence in this game. Total is 56 and I think at least one of these violations can’t go ahead and keep this game BELOW.
Select: BELOW 56 (-110)
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