Five Questions Rose Bowl Edition

We look at five important questions heading into the 100th Rose Bowl between Michigan State and Stanford.

We look at five key questions Michigan State must answer on Wednesday to have a successful Rose Bowl to end a magical season.


What impact will the loss of Max Bullough have on the Spartans defense?

Replacing the captain of your top ranked defense will not be an easy task for the Spartans as Bullough was responsible for many of the defensive calls. Kyler Elsworth is a veteran and should not be shaken by the big stage. However, he and Darien Harris must come close to matching Bullough's production.


Can the Spartans defensive front get the push needed to disrupt the Stanford running attack that averages 210 yards rushing per game?

Make no mistake…Stanford is one of the best and biggest offensive fronts the Spartans have seen in recent years. They play with an attitude and at times line up with nine players with great size across the front. If the Spartans can stop the run and force the pass they have a chance to change the outcome many feel this game is headed.


Can MSU control the tempo on offense against the Cardinal?

Dave Warner will need to have MSU controlling time of possession with J Langford finding success running the football to help put Connor Cook in position to make positive plays. If not, it will be a long day for the Spartans.


Can MSU place pressure on Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan?

Pat Narduzzi has seen his defense post 31 sacks to go with 66 quarterback hurries this season. Stanford has only given up 15 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. This area will be key if the Spartans hope to leave with a Rose Bowl trophy to place in the Skandalaris Football Center.


Can the Spartans be the exception and be a Big Ten team that wins the Rose Bowl?

In the last ten tries the Big Ten entry to the Grand Daddy of Bowl Games; the Rose Bowl has won only once. The weather and all the outside distractions many feel make this a hard bowl for Midwest based teams to win. This year the match-up looks to be one where the Spartans can add their names to the winners side of things.

Spartan Digest will be back with the answers to these five key questions heading into tomorrow's big game.

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