1. The quarterback situation is less settled than it was last week
This would appear to be obvious by adding a third player into the playing group, but it's deeper than that. It would be one thing if Michigan State was rotating in a QB with a rhyme or reason, but it feels random at many points.
Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook and Tyler O'Connor each helped put a decent drive together, but only Cook's resulted in a touchdown. Maxwell's ended on a failed fourth-down conversion and O'Connor's in a missed field goal.
No one made any obvious separation to be the guy. That is a scary truth.
2. Shilique Calhoun is not a drop off from Will Gholston
My thoughts going into the season were Calhoun brings a stronger pass rush presence than Gholston, who was good with run defense. Calhoun is showing that and proved it again Saturday against South Florida.
He spends a lot of time in the backfield and has three defensive touchdowns now.
3. Denicos Allen is playing like he did in 2011 again
Allen had a monster year in 2011 and a little less of a productive year in 2012, statistically. He has been flying all over the field thus far. He had eight tackles, a sack, a pass break-up and two quarterback hurries. One of the hurries led to Calhoun's interception, which was returned for a touchdown.
4. The run game has good options
Nick Hill seemed to be the feature back Saturday, as he started and had nine carries – tied for the team-lead. Jeremy Langford also had nine carries, and he added five receptions to lead the team. Riley Bullough was a great change of pace with six carries for 38 yards.
The trio combined for 141 yards on 24 carries, almost six yards per carry. That's a solid day of work for the running backs.
5. Tight end is a major hole
Unless I am mistake, the Spartans threw to a tight end just once and it was O'Connor's ill-advised throw into coverage in the end zone. Jamal Lyles got in for a little bit as an H-back/TE option and was good in the blocking for someone who just moved over to the position from defensive end, but is he an option in the passing game?
A couple years ago, the Spartans had a wealth of tight ends and now the cupboard is pretty bare.