LAS VEGAS — In the year of free agency in college football, Michigan State coach Mel Tucker dug deep into the transfer portal and signed 20 players. It turns out the biggest addition was a running back from Wake Forest, Kenneth Walker III.
Walker has been running wild, leading the nation with 142.4 rushing yards per game, but he’s unlikely to find wide-open spaces when the Spartans run into Michigan in a high-stakes Big Ten battle between 7-0 teams ranked in the Top 10.
The Wolverines rank No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 14.3 points per game. The Spartans are not as unyielding defensively, but they tighten up in the red zone and have allowed more than 21 points in only one game.