Michigan State dropped their sixth game of the season today as they fell to Michigan 32-23 which also extended their losing streak to six games.
As it stands now the Spartans will not win a game in the month of October and any hopes of going to a bowl game are now completely out the window.
However leading out of today’s game, fans, coaches and players have to be left wondering whether or not missed opportunities perhaps cost Michigan State yet another upset against their bitter in-state rivals?
Take it for what it is but the Spartans were o-for-4 when it came to getting any kind of points on the board when they made it within the Michigan 40-yard line. Furthermore of those four trips into Michigan territory, Michigan State was inside the red zone.
Via 247 Sports:
“There were a lot of positives to take away, especially offensively, but (we’re) just frustrated,” senior tight end Josiah Price said. “I think it was four times we were on the plus side of the field — maybe even plus-40, maybe even 30 — and we came away with no points. Three turnovers on downs and a missed field goal. Offensively, that’s not good enough.
“You’re not going to win a game against the No. 2 team in the nation when you do that. So that’s really frustrating.”
Not that missed opportunities where the only reason for Michigan State’s lapses and overall loss today. However in hindsight if they could’ve gotten at least a field goal on each of those drives we’re maybe looking at a 12-point swing and perhaps the difference in a nine-point game.
Like Josiah Price said, you’re certainly not gong to win anything against the No. 2 team in the country when you’re leaving opportunities like that on the table.
Bottom line, and perhaps this is good or bad news depending on how you look at it, today’s game pretty much confirms the Spartans are a much better team than what they’ve displayed the past five weeks. Maybe that notion is something they can build on going forward.