Michigan State on paper should have no problem handling Air Force on Saturday in Spartan Stadium. But while the Spartans are one of college footballs top teams so far this season, the Falcons bring their Triple-option offensive attack that can cause issues for anyone.
Here are the key topics to watch when the football is kicked off at noon on Saturday.
It has been talked about all week that Michigan State has an insider view of what the Falcons do on offense with defensive line coach Ron Burton. How much of a help will Burton be to the Spartans defensive line against the cut blocking scheme the Falcons use in their triple-option attack. Advantage: Spartans
SPARTANS OFFENSIVE LINE vs. AIR FORCE DEFENSIVE LINE
The game starts in the trenches and the Spartans have a major advantage as the offensive line averages 6-foot-4, 299-pounds against the 6-foot-3, 273-pound Falcons defensive line. The Falcons run multiple sets on defense and will try and use this as an advantage. But with the Spartans power running attack, they hold a major advantage. Advantage: Spartans
SPARTANS DEFENSIVE LINE vs. AIR FORCE OFFENSIVE LINE
Much like the battle between the Spartans offensive line and the Falcons defensive line, MSU has another huge advantage with a defensive front that averages 6-foot-5, 281-pounds as compared to the Falcons offensive line at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds. Add in the speed the Spartan front plays at and you can see why the Spartans will be favored to fill gaps to allow linebackers to make plays.
The first two games of the season have seen the Spartans play at night. This week is the first noon kickoff and there has to be a concern the Spartans could come out slow. Better to break this now as the following two weeks are also noon kickoffs.
DELTON WILLIAMS SIGHTING?
Will Spartan fans see running back Delton Williams? You would have to guess that if Williams is going to play this season, he’d have to get in a game at some point during the first three weeks. If not, was he given an unannounced suspension for the early part of the season? Or will he be redshirted this season?
JEREL WORTHY NAMED HONORARY CAPTAIN
Former Spartan Jerel Worthy will be the Spartans honorary captain for this week.