Five Keys: Eastern Michigan

Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan may not be the caliber of the Spartans previous two home opponents; nevertheless, it's an important game with Big Ten play a week away. Here are Five Keys for the Spartans this afternoon.

Coming off a home loss to Notre Dame didn't leave a good taste to any member of the Michigan State football program. Following it up with an expected win could find the Spartans complacent as they eye Ohio State just around the corner. Here are Five Keys for the Spartans not to overlook this week's opponent Eastern Michigan.


Get Andrew Maxwell and the Spartans offense started quickly. Last week left many wondering if the Spartans have the offensive firepower to battle for a Big Ten title. Getting Maxwell and company kick-started will go a long way to help fans and players jump into Ohio State week.


After giving up the first two touchdowns of the season against Notre Dame, Pat Narduzzi's defense should be fired up and ready to dominate an opponent they should.


If Maxwell gets off to a fast start that means the Spartans receivers have also got off to a fast start. This is needed prior to getting into Big Ten play as the Green & White look one dimensional in their present state.


Get what looks like a small crowd into the game early. Driving in to Spartan Stadium and on our walk to the stadium, it was easy to see many have decided to stay home and watch the game on television. The past two home games have found the student section full early, today, only have of the student section is full. Big plays early getting the smaller crowd into the game is key to getting Eastern Michigan out of the game.


Help give Dan Conroy some confidence as he's struggled early this season. Success today could help the Spartans when they need him most in conference play.

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