Friday, September 06, 2013
Time: 12 pm
Location: Spartan Stadium, EL
Weather: 79 and partly cloudy. PERFECT.
Predictions: Tampa Bay Times: MSU 37-14. ESPN: Bennett, MSU 30-10; Rittenberg, MSU 34-3. Freep: Rexrode, MSU 30-9; Sharp, MSU 31-7; Seidel, MSU 28-3 CFN/Scout: MSU 29-9.
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Line: MSU by 23 1/2
ES sez: Looks like Tyler O'Connor may get some reps leading the Spartan offense. Why not? MSU will destroy USF even if my dead grandma was quarterbacking the Big Green. We know the Spartans will score a few TDs on defense - especially against a team that dropped its opener by 30 points to FCS McNeese State... at home.
Don't know what to make of this contest other than to drown myself or bring a pillow. This and next week vs Youngstown State are a pair of tune-ups for the ND game. #1 concern: Wideouts need to catch the ball. Period. If they can't get some confidence this week, we may want to install the wishbone. Seriously. #2 concern: MSU quarterback. Who the hell is going to lead this team. Keyword: LEAD. Which QB has some gnads, some moxie, some stuff? #3 concern: Will Langford break out for a few long runs? Can the running game manage 200 yards on the ground - and average 5 yards per carry?
No concern? The defense will eat USF alive. And, when the Spartans can't move the ball, at least we have a GREAT punter in Sadler who can extend the field to make it difficult for the Bulls offense.
Prediction: MSU 31, USF 10. The MSU offense will score 2 TDs as will the defense. Tack on a FG for MSU. Give it at least another 7-8 punts for Sadler.