Know thy Enemy: Michigan State

Posted: September 2, 2013 in Football

The Bulls are hitting the road for the first time this season and are headed to a very unfamiliar place, Big Ten land.  They will be facing the tough Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, hoping to steal a victory against one of the best defensive teams in the country.  USF struggled in all stages of the game against McNeese and now faces a tough first road test, let’s get to know the Spartans a little bit more. 

I’m glad we aren’t facing these guys.

The Spartans are coming off of a 7-6 season last year, beating TCU 17 to 16 in their bowl game.  MSU lost several close games last season and went 2-5 at home, mainly due to a struggling offense that lost its big time back from last season Le’Veon Bell who was taken in the second round of the NFL draft last season.

The Spartans averaged 20 points a game last year.  They rushed for 149 yards a game and passed for just 209 yards a game, relying more on the running backs to carry the workload for the offense (359 yards a game total).  They averaged 33 minutes in time of possession last year, controlling the clock, moving the ball down the field slowly, and making it hard for opponents to get their offense on the field.  However, when an opponent got the ball, the MSU defense proved to be one of the best in the country.

Opponents averaged just 26 minutes a game with the ball and scored just 16 points a game on average.  MSU held opponents to just 98 yards a game on the ground and just 176 yards through the air, letting star players like linebacker Max Bullough and company to pin their ears back and come after opponents.  The USF offense, still getting its act together, will be facing one heck of a test in the second game of the year.  Moving the ball down the field won’t be easy, especially if they can’t find a quarterback that can move the ball and the offense.

In their first game of the year against Western Michigan, the Spartans won 26 to 13.  The MSU defense came to play in that game, allowing 11 yards totaling rushing on 27 attempts, halting any chance the ground game could get going while MSU ran for 181 yards.  MSU only threw for 116 yards and allowed 193 yards against them, so if USF can find a quarterback, they may have some success throwing the ball down the field.  MSU held the ball for 33 minutes, taking away any chances Western Michigan had to mount a comeback, something USF has to be wary of.

This is going to be a tough, tough game.

  1. Well time will tell I hope Taggart has the players to make the changes. The Offense does not bother me to much I think with a different QB the team will move the ball., but the defense does bother letting so many points scored this can not happen against no team. Go Bulls!!!!

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