Five Big Questions – Western Michigan

The time has come and as Coach Mark Dantonio said in his weekly press conference "It's Showtime" in East Lansing as Western Michigan will visit for the first game of the 2010 season. So what are the five big questions heading into the Western Michigan game?

Western Michigan travels to East Lansing in the season opener for both teams. While the Spartans enter the game in goo d health, there are a few players who may miss time due to small injuries.

The Spartans know they cannot overlook any team from the Mid American Conference and will not do so in the Broncos.

How well will the Spartans front four match up against a veteran offensive line?

Western Michigan enters the game with four offensive linemen returning. This will be a real test as the Spartans are still tweaking across the front four with several young players. We all know what Jerel Worthy can do, but how will the defensive ends perform as they rotate between several younger players.

Will the Spartans defensive backs step up against Western Michigan?

Western Michigan will have five receivers who pulled down 231 balls just a season ago. Much like the defensive line, Michigan State has a couple of solid returning players, but how will Johnny Adams be after missing a season? In addition, if there is a struggle will the freshmen be called upon to take over early?

How will the Spartans do in the kicking game?

The punting chores are a given with Aaron Bates, but the job of who will handle field goals and extra points is something Mark Dantonio did not want to share during his weekly press conference. Could the Spartans use this game to give both Dan Conroy and Kevin Muma time with the pressure of being in Spartan Stadium? We will soon learn who takes the first steps to winning the job.

How will the Spartans offensive line gel?

The depth chart released for this week had D.J. Young, Joel Foreman, John Stipek, Chris McDonald, and J'Michael Deane as the starters. If this is the starting offensive line, you are looking at veteran players taking snaps but some with limited starting experience. J'Michael Deane has one career start; however, Chris McDonald has no starts with game action in only four games. The right side of the line will be tested and Spartan fans will know a lot more about the makeup of this team by how well they do on the field.

Which of the freshmen will make an impact?

Mark Dantonio spoke about several freshmen who he feels will not only see the field on Saturday, but will give the team major reps. It will be interesting to see who steps up and delivers on the praise they have been given since arriving on campus.

Check back after the game as well look at each question and break down the results.

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