The Michigan State Spartans are off to another great start this season and will only get better with the return of starting center Jack Allen.
Allen missed the Spartan’s 56-17 win over Indiana, dealing with an ankle injury he suffered against Purdue the week before.
Senior Connor Kruse started in place of Allen and admitted he was a bit nervous starting out.
“It was nerve-wracking at first, after we scored on the first drive and the second drive they started throwing different defenses at us, and different blitzes, and it got a little more nerve-wracking,” Kruse said. “But the more I saw it, and the more we talked about it on the sidelines, the better I was with it toward the end of the game.”
Kruse will remain a starter on the offensive line, moving to right guard for their upcoming game against arch-rival Michigan.
Michigan State has been very successful on offense this season. Through seven games. the Spartans are ranked No. 3 in scoring offense (47 points per game), No. 12 in total offense (525 yards per game), and No. 15 in rushing offense (260 yards per game).
Much of that has to do with play of the offensive-line, holding their own in the trenches, and allowing just four sacks on the season thus far (tied for first in the country).
After suffering a loss to Oregon in the second week of the season, the Spartans should be favored in each of their games leading up to the Big 10 championship.
They will need some help along the way, but don’t count out Michigan State as one of the final four teams standing in the first annual College Football Playoffs.
The Spartans are looking for their sixth win over the Wolverines in their last seven meetings.
*Section Photo credit to Duane Burleson, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Gregory Shamus, Getty Images.