Michigan State averaged 33.1 points per game. Wide receiver Devin Thomas and running back Jehuu Caulcrick were big parts of the offense that will be missed. The Spartans have no problem getting after the quarterback. Head Coach Mark Dantonio will blitz early and often. Michigan State linebackers Eric Gordon and Greg Jones will try to disrupt Cal's offense by stopping the run and coming after Kevin Riley. While, Golden Bear linebackers Zach Follett, Anthony Felder and Worrell Williams will look to contain Michigan State running back Javon Ringer when he runs and comes out of the backfield to catch passes.
Look for the Bears to force Spartan quarterback Brian Hoyer to throw the ball more than the Michigan State game plan calls for. As a result, the Bears' secondary could get opportunities to make plays on the ball. Cornerbacks Syd'Quan Thompson and Darian Hagan will need to play well against the Spartan receivers.
On the other side of the ball, the California offensive line led by C Alex Mack needs to control the line of scrimmage and create long drives to force the Spartans to abandon the run. Cal has shown the ability over the years to be a very balanced offense.
On the other hand, Michigan State must prove that they can be just as comfortable with they pass as they are with the run. Overall, this game has the potential to be a very close game going into the fourth quarter. If that occurs, it will be fun to watch what players will emerge and make a difference in the game.
Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT inside Memorial Stadium. ABC will televise the game.
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