Spartan Keys To Victory - Florida Atlantic

We take one last look at what will be the keys to a Spartan victory over Florida Atlantic.

Yes, the Michigan State Spartans have a game on Saturday in the state of Michigan, but it is not against a team from Michigan. It is a road game for Mark Dantonio and crew at Ford Field in Detroit and much like last season, the Spartans sit a week away from Notre Dame. What are the keys to victory over Florida Atlantic?

We break it down and will revisit following the game.

  SPARTAN KEY #1 – DO NOT LOOK PAST FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Last season the Spartans had Central Michigan just prior to Notre Dame. The end result found the Spartans making mistakes and watching Central Michigan leave Spartan Stadium with a victory.

  SPARTAN KEY #2 – GET AN EARLY LEAD AND WORK TOWARDS THE FUTURE: The Spartans should be looking to get an early lead against Florida Atlantic that will allow for them to use back-ups and work on the finer parts of their game. This will allow the Spartans to show little of their game plan prior to Notre Dame.

  SPARTAN KEY #3 – STOP FLORIDA ATLANTIC BIG PLAYS :The Spartans are going up against a team always looking for the "Big Play". The Spartans cannot get too comfortable and allow the Owls to stay in the game by connecting on big offensive plays.

  SPARTAN KEY #4 – GET THE OFFENSIVE LINE SET:The overall performance of the offensive line last Saturday was good. However, it must get better as the season goes along and Saturday will provide a chance for the Spartans to get the left side of the line set.

  SPARTAN KEY #5 – PLACE PRESSURE ON THE QUARTERBACK: Big and slow quarterback is sitting in front of the Spartans come Saturday and it is time for the defensive line to really get some pressure on the signal caller. If the Spartans cannot get pressure, the road ahead could be very rocky.

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