Matchup: Mich. State vs. U. of Washington BCS National Championshp Game Preview VERSUS Washington faces Michigan State for the Season 2 Championship. There are a few woulda, coulda (and shoulda) teams out there, but there are only two teams who have been called to play in the BCS title game. Since the "right" teams haven't made it to the title game, there's a very real possibility of this season coming to an unceremonious end. Fuck that shit. We have a pair of B-rated teams, with MSU having an edge on offense (on paper) and the Huskies having an edge on defense (on paper). Both of these teams are able to convert middle-of-the-pack yardage totals into elite points per game thanks to defenses that score touchdowns, converting in the red zone, taking care of the foosball. Code: Rankings MSU WASH Record 11-1 11-1 Overall B B Offense B+ B Defense B- B+ Point per Game 39.2 (#6) 40.3 (#4) Total Offense 4999 (#22) 5234 (#14) Rush Offense 1453 (#57) 1482 (#53) Pass Offense 3546 (#16) 3752 (#11) Total Defense 3265 (#12) 3698 (#34) Rush Defense 972 (#11) 842 (#4) Pass Defense 2293 (#22) 2856 (#83) Turnover Diff 8 (#19) 7 (#22) Michigan State has clearly been one of the best defensive teams in the nation this season. The fact that they've only allowed 2293 yards while facing the types of teams they have faced is very impressive, and definitely worries the Huskies because they have a young QB in Nick Montana who is prone to making mistakes en masse. Also worrisome is the fact that the Huskies really struggle to find a running game in general. The Huskies do not have a rusher over 1,000 yards. They need to block well but at the same time make a big effort not to turn it over early on. Overall, Michigan State has given up 18.03 points per game, while causing 12 fumbles and 11 interceptions. The Huskies have given up some yards, especially through the air, but also have a strong point defending the run. Defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (6'3" 350, 90 OVR) has taken up a lot of space and has put up great stats this season. He and MLB Kurt Mangum have made play after play for the Huskies and came away with a nice haul in the awards ceremonies. The Huskies have forced 13 fumbles and 20 interceptions, and have held the opposition to 19.58 points per game. On offense these are two teams that are not looking to wow people with anything but the final result, win the game. Michigan State does a better job of taking care of the ball with a senior QB who really knows what he is doing in Kirk Cousins (89 OVR, 3,496 yards, 65.1% completion percentage, 28 TD, 13 INT). The duo of Larry Caper and Edwin Baker have gained the vast majority of MSU's yards on the ground this season. Neither are burners but Baker has a lot more quicks while Caper is a pure power back. The Spartans have a pair of reliable senior wideouts and mix that in with speedy youth. They will look to get good matchups in one-on-one situations. Their TE Brian Linthicum has been used to help move the chains as well. They have a solid-average offensive line for a big conference, nothing special. This is an offense that is a lot more than the sum of their parts. Due to Nick Montana's better feet and throwing accuracy, he was given the nod over the older Keith Price, but in games where Montana has struggled, Coach Hellisan has been quick with the hook. However, Montana has held up for the most part, throwing for 3,308 yards with a 62.9% completion rate and 24 TD's against 16 INT's. Most of his problems come when he's hit and throws a floater, but he has also made bad reads at times. The Huskies running game consists of the reliable Chris Polk and the youngster Deontae Cooper, both of which can hurt you but rarely dominate. Jermaine Kearse is the Huskies main weapon through the air, as the 6'2" senior has 70 receptions for 1,197 yards and 12 touchdowns, dropping just two balls. There are complimenatary guys abounding, however. The Huskies have a pair of excellent offensive linemen but overall the line is similar to MSU's not dominant. Should be a good one! Picks please?