Path To The Playoff: Michigan State Spartans. Better Than 2015?

Path To The Playoff: Michigan State Spartans. Better Than 2015?

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Path To The Playoff: Michigan State Spartans. Better Than 2015?

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4. Get through the early grind

Michigan State beat Arizona State to open up the 1985 season, and lost to open up 1986. Those were the only two times the two programs faced each other, but this year, Herm Edwards will be looking for a huge early-impact win in Tempe when the Spartans come to town.

MSU should be favored to win easily in each of the first five games against Utah State, at Arizona State, at Indiana, Central Michigan, and despite the loss last season, Northwestern.

The last time the Spartans started out 5-0? 2015, when they won the Big Ten title and went to the College Football Playoff. However, in the sinkhole of a 2016 season, they managed to lose at Indiana and at home to Northwestern – dropping three of the last four to the Wildcats – over the first half of the year.

If this is the talented team it’s supposed to be, it’s not going to have a problem as long as it’s focused, doesn’t give up a slew of turnovers, and then …

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