Cook is throwing picks at a higher rate this year than last. 1 out of 37 attempts this year, 1 out of 63 attempts last year. Big increase in frequency. He is averaging 24 passes per game this year, fewer than last year. When he goes past his average he has thrown at least 1 INT in every game. Above average passing attempts doesn't bring more TD's, he is good for 1-2 per game regardless. Get him throwing and the secondary should get a couple INT's. Cook makes some really bad throws when his feet aren't set.
His worst game of the year came against Nebraska. It was 46 and rainy at kickoff, the rain stopped and it stayed cool. He was pretty erratic, missing open receivers and he had a hard time putting together drives. Nebraska wasn't pressuring very well and it was mostly on Cook rather than a hostile D. Game time forecast is for 36 degrees and tapering rain. If Cook is not a bad weather QB this is great news for OSU.
The two teams are close across the board. OSU has more weapons on offense but a lot more youth on the depth chart. 17/22 starters for MSU are RSJR or older. Meanwhile OSU counts about 30 FR/SO/RSSO on their depth chart.
Neither team has put together a solid 4 quarter game against anyone with a pulse. MSU allowed 31 points to Purdue and their FR QB had the ball with 1:45 and a chance to tie the game. The near-meltdown against Nebraska has to loom large for Sparty and there were a lot of gems on the Oregon film that should give OSU some D-breakers.
I like our chances to pull off a big win in East Lansing. We haven't played our best game yet, now is the time.