Michigan State, by the numbers: A 1,813-day run highlights all current Spartan statistics
ANN ARBOR -- Each Monday we take an early look at Michigan's upcoming opponent, by the numbers.
This week's foe really needs no introduction.
Up next: Michigan State
As of Saturday, that will officially be the number of days that has passed since Michigan beat Michigan State in a football game. Not that anyone needs to be reminded, but the Spartans have never beaten the Wolverines five straight times.
Michigan State's offense has had its problems, but the Spartan defense is still doing just fine. Michigan State ranks No. 7 nationally in yards allowed per game -- tops in the Big Ten.
Michigan State has the Big Ten's best third down defense, as teams are converting just 28.4 percent of the time. Michigan, meanwhile, has the Big Ten's best third down offense -- converting 52.5 percent of the time.
We mentioned MSU's offense, which has still managed to put up yards -- but can't seem to finish drives with touchdowns. Michigan State has scored 15 offensive touchdowns this season. That number is tied for 108th nationally.
The number of rushing yards gained by Michigan State this season that haven't come from Le'Veon Bell. Bell is the Big Ten's leading rusher with 916 yards, but as a team, Michigan State is No. 10 overall in the league with just 144 rushing yards per game.
Andrew Maxwell's completion percentage this season -- which is actually a hare worse than Michigan starter Denard Robinson's season number. Maxwell holds the second-worst completion percentage nationally of quarterbacks who have thrown at least 15 attempts per game.
The number of wins Michigan will have as a program if it grabs a victory Saturday against MSU.