Reasoning behind Michigan State's struggles revealed by key stat
Michigan State has had some problems on both sides of the ball this season. While it won’t fix everything, Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde brought up a stat about the Spartans that is concerning.
Michigan State has not led against a Power 5 team at all this season. The Spartans last three games have all been against Washington, Minnesota, and Maryland.
Here’s how Forde explained the stat:
Michigan State has not led for a single second against a Power 5 opponent thus far this season. After being blown out from the get-go by Washington and Minnesota, the Spartans were playing catch-up all game Saturday against Maryland. They’ve been shut out in six of 12 quarters against P5 competition—and now here comes Ohio State. Michigan State (2–3) is solidly in the running for most disappointing team of the year.
It hasn’t been easy to make up for the loss of Kenneth Walker III in the running game, but QB Payton Thorne has had issues with turnovers as well. Thorne has 1,121 yards passing through Week 5, but also has 6 interceptions.
On defense Michigan State is allowing 411.8 total yards and 23.6 points per game. Both of these stats rank towards the bottom of the B1G.
The Spartans will need to figure something out fast with Ohio State up next.