Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Michigan State at Iowa

Michigan State heads to Iowa in Week 9 looking to continue a magical run against a Hawkeyes team looking to bounce back from a tough loss.

Michigan State offense vs. Iowa defense
• The Michigan State offensive line has lost too many one-on-one battles and missed too many assignments over the last two games and must bounce back this week against one of the best defensive lines in the nation. Iowa DT Karl Klug anchors the middle despite weighing just 270 pounds, playing with excellent leverage and strength, and the ability of fellow DTs Christian Ballard and Mike Daniels to shoot gaps is also a concern for a Spartans offensive line that is allowing too much penetration. Ballard can also line up on the outside and he and DE Adrian Clayborn have the size and upper-body strength to set the edge as run defenders. Michigan State LOT D.J. Young will also have a difficult time handling Clayborn's power moves, and DE Broderick Binns is quick enough to turn the corner against ROT J'Michael Deane when the Spartans drop back to pass. Iowa likes to rush four and drop seven into coverage, but the Hawkeyes will also stunt their defensive linemen and occasionally rush five. The Spartans have to make sound adjustments when that happens, but that will be a challenge considering the noise level they will face in Kinnick Stadium.



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