Cal-MSU Stat Comparison

Kickoff to the 2008 season is just a few days away. The California Golden Bears open with Big Ten foe Michigan State in a contest televised on ABC. Both schools have holes to fill offensively and defensively. They will use Saturday night's game as a barometer for 2008 compared to last season. Here is quick stat comparison of the Bears and Spartans based on the 2007 season...

2007 Offensive Statistics
Stat California Michigan State
Points per game 29.3 33.1
1st down per game 21 20
Rush per game 166 198
Yards per carry 4.9 4.4
Pass per game 242 219
Pass Comp % 60.0 59.0
Yards per pass 13.0 12.6
Turnover margin -3 +2

2007 Defensive Statistics
Stat California Michigan State
Points per game 26.8 26.6
1st down per game 21 18
Rush per game 164 126
Yards per carry 4.0 3.6
Pass per game 214 220
Pass Comp % 60.6 58.2
Yards per pass 14.2 13.0

Key Michigan State Players

RB Javon Ringer (5-9, 202) -- Preseason all-Big Ten candidate rushed for 1,447 yards and six touchdowns last season. The senior running back is also the Spartans leading returning receiver with 35 receptions for 295 yards. He has sub 4.4 speed and will be expected to carry the load on the ground with the graduation of Jehuu Caulcrick.

QB Brian Hoyer (6-3, 215) -- Returning starter has 14 career starts and has passed for 3,755 in his career with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The senior signal caller completed 223 of 376 passes for 2,725 yards last season with 20 touchdowns. He is one of the top returning quarterbacks in the Big Ten.

SLB Greg Jones (6-1, 222) -- The second year starter led the Spartans with 78 tackles in 2007 as a true freshman. He added 4.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss. He did not start a game until week six. He should be one of the top tacklers in the Big Ten this season.

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