3 Reasons Spartans Will Avoid Getting Angry At Purdue
Michigan state football is coming off their most emotional win of the season, coming back from a 16-game loss to beat Michigan at East Lansing last weekend.
Purdue, on the other hand, is hoping to do what he does best and play spoiler against a nationally contested team at West Lafayette. Heck, Purdue isn’t even limited to playing spoiler at home as the Boilermakers ruined Iowa’s season a few weeks ago in Iowa City, beating the Hawkeyes 24-7 on their home turf after their emotional victory over Penn State.
Everyone has the state of Michigan on high alert before this one due to a potential hangover from a huge win and the fact that Purdue thrives in those situations.
Not so fast, my friends.
Here’s why the Spartans will avoid the dreaded Purdue trap.
3. Payton Thorne will have a bounce game
Payton Thorne hasn’t been himself the last two games, throwing a four-steal touchdown pass against Michigan and Indiana. That’s not going to cut it if Michigan State is to make a run at a College Football Playoff – and Thorne knows it.
Thorne is a perfectionist, so you know he’s been spending all week in the movie theater trying to see where he went wrong and that there really is an easy fix to his choices. No more throwing a double cover on the field when you think you have a rhythm and no more forcing the throws in tight spaces. He’s been selected twice on tips in the last two games and the other two were against him.
I think he’s bouncing back against a Purdue team that hasn’t had to face a top quarterback all season. The Boilermakers faced off against Jack Coan, Graham Mertz, Spencer Petras, and Tanner Morgan, but that’s not exactly a row of hitmen.
Thorne is going to have his best game since mid-October and really get the Spartans offensive from the start.