Preview 2018: Michigan State Spartans

Preview 2018: Michigan State Spartans

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Preview 2018: Michigan State Spartans


What You Need To Know About The Michigan State Offense

– It’s not like the offense rose up and rocked after the bad 2016 season, but it was a bit more effective. But now, with ten starters returning and a slew of excellent playmakers, the attack that averaged just 385 yards per game should be far more dangerous.

The Spartans managed more than 30 points just twice before ripping up Rutgers in the regular season finale and blowing away Washington State 42-7 in the Holiday Bowl. Now, 35+ points a game should be the norm.

– Brian Lewerke looked the part at quarterback over the second half of last season, and now he and the passing game should be even stronger with the top seven targets returning led by Felton Davis – who caught nine touchdown passes – and with LJ Scott a more-than-capable receiving back. After going for 2,798 yards and 20 scores, expect the Spartans to hit the 3,000-yard passing mark.

– Can the line be a rock? It struggled to keep the better defenses out of the backfield, but with four starters back including tackles Luke Campbell and Cole Chewins, this needs to be one of the team’s bigger strengths. Losing center Brian Allen stinks, but his brother, Matt, appears to be more than just a decent fill-in.

Biggest Key To The Michigan State Offense

Keep on moving the chains. The Spartans might have the talent and experience to be better offensively, but it’s all a part of the system. Keep control of the ball, don’t turn it over, dominate the time of possession, and to go cliché, take the fight to teams.

It all tied in together. The great 2015 team managed to convert close to 49% of its third down chances, and then the 2016 clunker converted 39% – that mattered. Last season? The Spartans were among the best in the Big Ten, converting 45% of their third down tries, kept the ball for almost 33 minutes a game, and everything turned out fine.

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