1. MSU played tentative against Idaho, and while not turning the ball over, lacked the physical aggressive that will be needed against better teams. MSU will need to be more physical on both lines of scrimmage, and not allow the opponent to set the tempo as Idaho did in game one.
2. With Pitt and Notre Dame coming up, MSU must exploit the EMU secondary without revealing too much information that can be revealed through film study. A balanced offense will be important, as the offensive line tries to develop some cohesiveness.
3. We think it will be important to get ahead early, get a big lead, and give the reserves much needed snaps before they get into the meat of the schedule. Brian Hoyer especially getting game snaps would be helpful in his development.
4. The MSU defense needs to make plays and get off the field. The following two weeks with a speedy Pitt team, and a highly rated Notre Dame team coming up will give the defenders all the exercise and game action they will want to see. They need to stay as fresh as possible.
5. The Spartans need to work on the little things, like wrapping up tackles, timing in the passing game, receivers holding onto the ball, being aggressive, and playing with more intensity. In other words, they need to work on getting sharper in execution while developing more aggressiveness.
6. A couple specific things they need to do would include playing assignment football against EMU's spread attack. Containing EMU quarterback Tyler Jones will be job one. You first stop then the run, and then translate that into stopping the pass, which would then include dangerous Eagle wide receiver Eric Deslauriers, who caught ten passes in the opener.
7. The Spartans need to stay focused and give the EMU Eagles the proper respect they deserve so they can play up to their own capabilities. Looking pass another opponent always spells trouble.