You want to feel bright starting out the new year? Like you know what’s going to happen next? Then watch the Cotton Bowl. Every time No. 8 Michigan State has the ball against No. 5 Baylor, just turn to whoever you’re watching with and say confidently, “they’re gonna run it.” If the season’s data hold true, you’ll be right 70% of the time. Probably even more–because in big games teams tend to double down on their strengths. Expect Spartans to run, run, run.
Plus against powerful offenses Michigan State has had some defensive troubles. In games against Ohio State and Oregon this year, they allowed nearly 50 points and almost 8 yards a play. How do you keep your defense from being at risk? Run the clock with a possession offense. How do you do that most effectively? Run the ball. So start of they new year feeling like a sage. Just predict the run–Spartan-style.