Five Questions: Central Michigan

Week Four of Michigan State's season means a return home and the chance to get back to the winning ways against Central Michigan. We have five questions heading into the game.

The Spartans are looking for answers to several questions when they take the field Saturday against Dan Enos and his Central Michigan team.

The Spartans know not to overlook CMU and for good reasons as it was just a couple of years ago the Spartans we're bitten by the Mid American Conference team.

Here are five questions/points of interest for what should be a game Mark Dantonio and his team looks for redemption.

Question One: Can the offensive line protect Kirk Cousins?

Last Saturday found Cousins getting sacked twice and hurried 10 times. CMU is not Notre Dame and despite the loss of Skyler Burkland, the Spartans should be able to keep Cousins upright and out of harms way.

Question Two: Can the Spartans recover after their loss last week against Notre Dame?

Mark Dantonio will find some early season answers Saturday in how his team comes out and takes the field. While you should not be surprised if CMU can give the Spartans some troubles early, the defending Big Ten Champions should be able to power through for a win.

Question Three: Can the Spartans find an answer at left and right tackle?

All eyes should be on the play of left tackle Dan France and right tackle Fou Fonoti. It will be key for the Spartans to get solid performances from both players on Saturday as they get ready to enter Big Ten play the following weekend.

Question Four: Can the Spartans get back to running the football?

The Spartans do well when they run the football. Last weekend Le'Veon Bell and Edwin Baker combined for 53 net yards rushing.

Question Five: Can the Michigan State's defensive force CMU into turnovers on Saturday?

The Spartans have done a good job of putting pressure on opposing offenses, however, so far they've only pulled in five turnovers (2 INT – 3 Fumbles).


Dave Berk has followed Ohio High School football recruiting since the late 90's. In 2002 he joined Scout.com covering Ohio High School sports and football recruiting before moving over to cover The University of Cincinnati in 2005. In 2010 Dave was offered a chance to cover Michigan State (SpartanDigest.com) and Notre Dame (IrishEyes.com) as a football recruiting analyst. Over the years Dave has been a guest on several radio shows and appeared on College Football Now on the NFL Network. This fall Dave appears on Fox Sports Ohio's Southwest Ohio football telecats giving recruiting insight on players in the game. You can contact or follow Dave at the following.
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