5 Questions - Florida Atlantic

We look at Five Questions as the Spartans head into their battle with Florida Atlantic this Saturday at Ford Field.

#1. Will the Spartans defensive front get more pressure on a pro-set quarterback in Jeff VanCamp?

VanCamp is 6-foot-6 and not much of a threat to run the football except when he is on the run.  Coach Dantonio said he would have liked to see more pressure placed on Western Michigan, but also understands their offensive system put the ball out of the quarterback's hands quickly.  Florida Atlantic is a different type of offense and this should provide a solid test as to where the Spartans defensive front is at in their development.

#2. Will the Spartans take the Owls lightly and be looking ahead to Notre Dame?

Notre Dame Week is ahead following this game against Florida Atlantic; will the Spartans be looking too far ahead and be surprised by the Owls?  Last season Central Michigan was in this game slot prior to the Irish and we all know how that one ended.

#3. How well will the Spartans defensive backs fair against the Owls passing attack?

In their season opener, Florida Atlantic saw Lester Jean pull down nine balls for 164 yards and two touchdowns.  One play went for 77 yards.  While no other receiver posted double-digit receptions, two more receivers pulled down two balls for 69 yards and 1 touchdown with each play going for 43 yards and 26 yards respectfully.

#4. Can the Spartans rushing attack rev it up again against a team they should run over?

Last week the Owls gave up 7.3 yards per rush as UAB rushed for a total of 345 yards and three rushing touchdowns.  UAB rushed the ball 47 times last week and knowing Mark Dantonio's game style, look for the Spartans to be on the same pace.  Look for Owls defensive back Marcus Bartels to have another big game coming off of a 12-tackle performance a week ago.

#5. Will this game become the game where Coach Dantonio will be able to empty his bench and give some of the younger players a chance to earn the experience needed prior to getting into the bigger games of the season?

Last week saw several of the young Spartans get time on the field, but this could be the game where they not only get on the field but also get quality minutes to help them prepare for when they are called upon in a big game.


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