Greg McElroy, Chris 'Bear' Fallica pick Michigan State-Washington showdown
Perhaps one of the more underrated matchups heading into Week 3 is No. 11 Michigan State against Washington. What was expected to be a rebuilding season for the Huskies now might be must-see television moving forward thanks to their quarterback play.
ESPN’s Greg McElroy is sold on the development of former Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. now that he’s been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer. And while the Spartans might walk away victorious from Huskies Stadium, McElroy is at least expecting Washington to cover the -3.5 spread.
“I love Washington in this spot. Michael Penix and this passing attack look to be the real deal,” McElroy said. “Michigan State, even though they’ve run the ball very effectively, I haven’t seen the passing attack take off, and I’m still wondering can Michigan State stop anyone through the air? I don’t know that.”
Through 2 games this season, the Spartans’ secondary has been adequate at best. In Week 1 against Western Michigan, they allowed the Mustangs to tally 193 passing yards. Last week against Akron, the Zips threw for 203 yards.
While the Spartans have yet to allow a touchdown in coverage, McElroy is looking for more consistency. He’s not alone in doubting Michigan State. Fellow ESPN commentator Chris ‘Bear’ Fallica also is sold on Penix’s development and expects the Huskies to beat the line.
“This is a (Spartan) team last year, they were a single-digit underdog 4 times, and they won all 4 times… I would agree with you that Washington is the only side in this game you can play,” said Fallica.
Kickoff from Seattle is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T.