Welcome to Spartan Total Access! Let’s head to the locker room for the live pregame pep talk before the home opener against the 24th ranked Boise State Broncos.
CD: Men, our opponent tonight is a perennial college football power!
MB: Ah coach, we’re not playing Alabama for our opener, Michigan is.
CD: Do not mention them in this locker room!
CD: Now, as I was saying, our opponent tonight, Boise State has won two B.C.S. bowls in the last six years!
MB: Coach, we should have won the Sugar Bowl last year but Michigan got our bid and beat the cream puff Big East invite.
CD: Max! What did I say about mentioning them!? Now listen up! We’ve got to take this Boise State team seriously! They’ve finished in the top ten the last three years! Their record the last six years is 73-6! Did you hear me?! 73-6!
MB: Coach, should the starters even stretch, considering we probably won’t play past the first quarter? We don’t want to rub it in, considering the Boise team came all the way from Idaho.
CD: O.K. still don’t believe me? How about this; Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, TCU, Georgia and even Oregon have all lost to this team in the past four years alone!
MB: Coach, are you sure we’re not playing an S.E.C. team tonight?
CD: (Exasperated sigh). Look guys, all I’m saying is when you go out there tonight, don’t think about who you’re playing or why their uniforms look like they belong in a circus show. Focus like you would against a highly ranked Big Ten team.
MB: Michigan is way overrated at #8 to start the year off.
CD: Exactly! Yes exactly! Team I want you to go out there and destroy those Wolverines tonight!
MB: Wolverines? Did you say Wolverines coach!? SPARTANS…WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION!!!!!!?
Locker Room Roar: AHOOOO! AHOOO! AHOOO!
While this pregame speech may be wee bit fictitious, the message Coach Dantonio must bring is not. The Spartans must take Boise State seriously. If they don’t, then the slogan the coach is struggling to destroy will creep its way back into the media, “same old Spartans”.
Under Coach Chris Petersen, Boise State has beaten some of the best programs in the country. Fortunately for Michigan State, timing is everything. Boise State lost six players to the NFL last year and four starters on the defensive line and the QB with the most wins in NCAA history, Kellen Moore. If this game were in January we’d be talking about a much closer matchup. However, the talented yet inexperienced Boise State team will not come together that quickly on the road against the more seasoned Spartans.
Experts in Vegas give the Spartans a mere seven point edge, which, considering how much Boise St. lost from last year’s team, shows you how much respect there is for this Bronco program. Let’s hope that same sentiment is inside the Spartan locker room. If not, the Spartans will have to learn the hard way like the rest of the highly regarded Bronco victims.
The Dr.’s PX for victory:
A good dose of the large and experienced O-Line along with tailbacks Le’Veon Bell and Larry Caper should do the trick. On defense, release the Big Green on first year starter Joe Southwick. Southwick is blessed to have two excellent returning tackles, he’ll need them against Gholston, Rush and the rest of the Spartans front four.
The Dr’s prediction
This is a nationally televised Friday night opener at Spartan Stadium. The crowd will be more juiced then Major League Baseball circa the 1990’s. The Spartans will play with a ton of emotion and dominate line play in a tough win; albeit by a comfortable 11 point margin.
Final score: Sparty: 31 Smurf Turf: 20
About the Author
Written by Andre' Wiegand
A life long Michigan State University Spartan fan! My grandfather played on the Spartan O-Line back in 1951 and my family has been Spartan fans since. 1999 M.S.U. graduate (JMC). Currently live in Grand Rapids, MI with my wife and two sons.