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Game 1 Preview: MSU vs. WMU

Posted By David Lesmeister On Aug 30 2010 @ 7:08 pm In Michigan State | No Comments

The college football season kicks off this Saturday, as Michigan State welcomes Western Michigan to East Lansing. I have been waiting impatiently for this day to come because I am so sick of watching ESPN and hearing about what LeBron James had for dinner or what Brett Favre is doing in Mississippi, while retiring or not retiring, again and again. This season is a welcomed breath of fresh air and it should start out with a bang, as three top 25 matchups will take place this weekend. But I am not so concerned about those games (or am I?), as I am about the “big one” at Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. I have many friends from Western, so this one is for bragging rights for the next 364 days! Last year, the Spartans beat the Broncos 49-14, and I believe the result will be the same this year, with MSU coming out on top again. It is always tough to preview the first game of the college football season because you never know what you are going to get. There are expectations, but not every team lives up to the preseason hype. It will be interesting to see how the Spartans respond this season after a 1-4 start last year. That kind of record through five games will not cut it with the depth, talent and experience MSU has coming back.

When the Spartans have the ball:

Spartans QB/WR vs. Broncos Secondary

MSU has too much skill and speed at the wideout position for the Broncos to handle. Also, Kirk Cousins, the Big Ten’s leading passer last year, will use this to his benefit and have a huge game. Advantage: Spartans

Spartans O-Line vs. Broncos D-Line

Michigan State returns three on the offensive line, while Western has no one back from a defensive line that gave up 178 yards a game on the ground. MSU dominated the line of scrimmage last year and will do so again this year. Advantage: Spartans

Spartans RB vs. Broncos LB

MSU brings back two running backs that combined for 900 yards last year and both will run wild against a defense that ranked 101st in the nation last year. Advantage: Spartans

When the Broncos have the ball:

Spartans Secondary vs. Broncos QB/WR

Michigan State struggled last year against the pass, giving up 270 yards a game and 42 touchdowns. They have experience coming back in 3 starters and they will be tested by a group of WMU receivers that can make plays. The one positive for the Spartans is that Western will be breaking in a new quarterback on the road, after Tim Hiller moved on to the NFL. Advantage: Push  

Spartans D-Line vs. Broncos O-Line

The Spartans must create a pass rush and put some heat on Broncos QB Alex Carder. The more pressure that he faces, the more mistakes the sophomore will make. The only problem is that MSU does not have a particularly strong pass rush, ranking 112th in the nation last year. Jerel Worthy and newcomer William Gholston must step up and take advantage of an offensive line returning only one starter. Advantage: Push   

Spartans LB vs. Broncos RB

It does not matter who the Spartans play this year because they will always win this matchup. Greg Jones, Eric Gordon, Chris Norman, Jon Misch. Should I continue? Advantage: Spartans

Western may score some points, but not enough to keep up with the high flying attack of the Spartans. The Broncos keep it close for a half, in which the Spartans pull away in the second and cruise to a 42-14 victory. 


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