Tale Of The Tape: #13 Michigan State Vs. Boise State
- CoachingMark Dantonio has made Spartan fans very happy during his five seasons in East Lansing, mostly because he’s only lost to Michigan once. The Spartans have won 11 games each of the past two seasons.Anytime a major head coaching job opens up, Chris Petersen is mentioned. And yet he remains in Boise and churns out double-digit win seasons. He’ll have his work cut out for him this year as he loses 17 starters.
- OffenseMichigan State also loses its long-time quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and gives the reins to senior Andrew Maxwell. He’ll rely heavily on star running back Le’Veon Bell.For the first time since 2007, Boise will turn to someone other than Kellen Moore at quarterback. Junior Joe Southwick has stood and watched Moore the last two years. Tonight, we’ll found out what he learned.
- DefenseMichigan State also loses its long-time quarterback, Kirk Cousins, and gives the reins to senior Andrew Maxwell. He’ll rely heavily on star running back Le’Veon Bell.The Broncos are inexperienced on this side of the ball and will be tested against the Spartans. The top four tacklers are gone, so it will be up to senior linebacker J.C. Percy to lead the way.
- Special TeamsDan Conroy is an extremely reliable senior kicker and Mike Sadler is an impressive punter. The Spartans shouldn’t have many worries on special teams.At least Boise has plenty of upperclassmen on special teams, though its kickers haven’t had to do much field goal kicking with Moore at the helm.
It may look like a tie, but the Broncos are no strangers to big-time season openers, where they’ve had great success: Boise hasn’t lost its first game since 2005, a run that includes wins over ranked squads Georgia, Virginia Tech, and Oregon. Despite all the new faces, Boise has what it takes to pull off the upset in East Lansing tonight.