Spartan Digest gives their prediction for Michigan State and Air Force along with some key things to watch.

Who will win between Michigan State and Air Force? Spartan Digest gives our prediction on the winner and look at a few key story lines as we get ready for kickoff on Saturday at noon.

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.

INSIDER VIEW

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.

SLEEP WALKING

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.


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