Michigan State vs. Western Michigan Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Michigan State vs. Western Michigan fearless prediction and game preview.
Michigan State (1-0) vs. Western Michigan (0-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
After quitting against USC in the name of sportsmanship – yes, the Jake Olson story was wonderful, but there was still time with over three minutes to play, the O was getting the ball back, and in a weekend of miraculous comebacks, WMU could’ve tried going all-out for a blocked extra point for a two-point conversion to get within two scores – Western Michigan now has to prove that it can actually try for a full sixty minutes against a Michigan State team that looks like it’s pulled itself out of the doldrums.
Meanwhile, in a just-as-much-of-a-feel-good story that didn’t get enough attention, Spartan corner Tyson Smith – who suffered a stroke last season – made an actual football play when both teams were trying, taking an interception for a touchdown in the 35-10 win over Bowling Green.
Could that be the tone-setter for the Spartan season? Did the easy win and the dominant defense performance prove that MSU is back?
Beating Western Michigan won’t prove that MSU is back to the College Football Playoff level of a few years ago, but it would be a nice win over a still-solid team that gave USC fits for about 55 minutes in Los Angeles.
One Reason Why Western Michigan Will Win
USC might be slightly overrated, and the defensive front might need a wee bit of seasoning, but it was still an impressive performance by the Bronco offensive line and running game.
LeVante Bellamy ran for 102 yards, Jamauri Bogan pounded away, and the ground attack came up with 263 yards as it hung around punch-for-punch with a team ranked in just about everyone’s top five.
The defense did its job against Sam Darnold, making him look like a New York Jet at times as he failed to throw a touchdown pass and gave up two interceptions.
Run well, force mistakes, control the game with the defense. If WMU can beat Michigan State at its own game, WMU can win this game.
One Reason Why Michigan State Will Win
Darnold might have been off, but one of the few areas of concern for USC – the O line – was terrific against the Bronco defensive front.
The running game ripped apart WMU, with Ronald Jones II doing a wonderful job, and Stephen Carr coming up with almost ten yards per carry with two touchdowns.
If USC could power the ball for close to seven yards per pop and six scores, watch out for Michigan State to get really, really nasty as it tries to fire up a ground game that had a mediocre day against Bowling Green.
Unlike last week, MSU will power the ball better, QB Brian Lewerke will build off a good debut, and if all that goes wrong, the defense should be able to rise up and rock like it did against a Falcon O that’s going to prove to be a whole lot better.
What’s Going To Happen
It won’t be anything beautiful, but Michigan State will win ugly.
The ground game won’t be as strong as USC’s was, but it’ll be good enough to control the game from the second quarter on. Meanwhile, the defense will make life tough for WMU quarterback Jon Wassink while loading up against the run.
The Broncos will be good enough to stay in the game throughout and have their chances, but they’ll falter late.
Michigan State vs. Western Michigan Prediction
Michigan State 26, Western Michigan 17
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