2012 Preview: Eastern Michigan

As the calendar continues to march towards the opening of the 2012 college football season, we continue our early preview of each game of the season. In game four, the Spartans will host Eastern Michigan.

Here is an early look at Michigan State's game four opponent.

Eastern Michigan

GAME #4 – Sat. Sept. 22 – SPARTAN STADIUM – TBD

Head Coach Ron English – 4-th Year (8-28)

2011 Record 6-6 overall, 4-4 Mid-American Conference

Previous Meetings 1898, 1898, 1899, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008- Michigan State leads the all-time series with an 8-0 mark having beat the Eagles 42-10 in 2008.

Eastern Michigan's Key Games

Sept. 22 @ Michigan State
Oct. 13 Toledo
Nov. 1 @Ohio
Nov. 23 Northern Illinois

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

OFFENSE: Senior quarterback Alex Gillett is back leading the Eagles attack. Last season Gillett led the team in rushing and passing and should be expected do a little less running the ball this fall as Dominique Sherrer returns after posting 572 yards in only six game and a 6.1 yards per carry average.

Gillett will look to connect with Nick Olds who posted a team high 24 receptions and Garrett Hoskins who pulled down 22 balls. Both players scored three touchdowns on the season.

The Eagles return a veteran offensive line with all but one out of the four projected starters having earned three letters in the program..

DEFENSE: Last season the Eagles used a strong defense to earn their six victories. Gone are two of the team's top three tackles leaving behind Justin Cudworth who posted a team leading 83 tackles last season. Marcell Rose will look to continue his progress after posting 56 total tackles last season from his cornerback position. The Eagles will be looking for a pass rushing specialist early in the season and could have a hard time when they battle the Spartans big offensive line.

OVERALL

No one expects English to leave East Lansing with a win over the Spartans. The former Michigan assistant coach is doing a great job of building a program and any continued success could see English becoming one of the top names for job openings after the season. However, the Spartans cannot take the Eagles lightly and give them any encouragement to stay around very long. In the end we feel the Spartans should win by a blowout making this another win on the season.


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