Saturday, September 06, 2008

Prediction: Game Two: Eastern Michigan at MSU

Sorry, I have been traveling this week and have not had too much time to blog or even catch up on this week's game. However, here are some thoughts for you. And as always, the game notes for this week's game are available here.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0) are on a winning streak - well at least a streak as far as Eastern is concerned. They've won two games in a row, going back to the win over Central in the final game of last season to last week's 52-0 pasting of Indiana State.

That ends this week however. We don't know too much about the Eagles, but the Spartans have never lost to the Eagles and will come out swinging to get the bad taste from last week's game against Cal out of their mouth.

EMU has 13 returning starters, including their quarterback. They also run a spread offense which can give defensive teams grief (see Utah or Appalachian State against Michigan0>

MSU will work on a few things from last week.

I would not have wanted to be an offensive lineman for the Spartans at practice this week. You can be sure the coaching staff laid into them about their performance both in run blocking and pass protection. I think MSU will recommit to the run to get Javon Ringer off early and often. There is no way Brian Hoyer should throw the ball as much as he did last week, so opening of the running game more this week will take some of the pressure of him.

I think Ringer goes for 100+ and Hoyer throws for another 200+ today in the home opener.

MSU takes down the Eagles 42-10 to get their first win of the year.

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