The Michigan State isportsweb team will be predicting the outcome of every Spartan football game this season in our weekly staff picks article, so be on the lookout for it all season long.
Michigan State’s defense will play better than most expect and the offense will come out a little slower than expected. Jeremy Langford records one of his patented 100-yard rushing performances but Connor Cook doesn’t get into a rhythm until the second half, when the Spartans blow the game open. R.J. Shelton and Josiah Price each find the endzone after halftime. Kurtis Drummond produces another ridiculous opening night interception as Michigan State holds the up-tempo Gamecock offense to single digits, giving Spartan fans hope going into a week two clash with Oregon.
Michigan State 38, Jacksonville State 9.
The Spartans will start the season off by winning their 11th straight game, taking care of FCS Jacksonville State. The Michigan State offense should be able to move the ball and put plenty of points on the board to make this an easy win. The new look defense will struggle at times against the up-tempo, spread offense of JSU but will also force at least one turnover. Look for a lot of different personnel out on defense as the coaches try and figure out who will be best suited for the big matchup with Oregon next week.
Michigan State 42, Jacksonville State 17.
In the No. 8 Michigan State’s season opener against FCS opponent Jacksonville State, the Spartans should win and it shouldn’t be close. Coupled with the fact that MSU will have six new starters on defense, a high powered offense will keep the Gamecocks in it for a while. After a slow start, Connor Cook and the rest of the Spartan offense will get it going late in the first half and will never look back.
A University of Michigan employed skywriter will come in the fourth quarter to write “GO BLUE” in the sky. However, seeing as it will be pitch dark at the time, the plan backfires just in time for a beautifully orchestrated drive led by Damion Terry to take place, only for Dantonio to have him take a knee at the 2-yard-line at the end of regulation.
Michigan State 55, Jacksonville State 24.
MSU starts off 2014 where they left it last… firing on all cylinders. Coach Dantonio has the team ready and Jacksonville State doesn’t stand a chance. A 24-6 halftime lead balloons in the second half as the Spartans get touchdowns from defense and special teams in addition to multiple rushing and receiving touchdowns. Fans getting a late start to their Labor Day weekend destination are rewarded for their loyalty as the Spartans do their part to ensure a Top-10 showdown in Eugene, Oregon.
Michigan State 48, Jacksonville State 9.
Michigan State should have no problem moving the ball on Jacksonville State and the starters shouldn’t see much playing time after the half. Mark Dantonio has never been one to run up the score on teams. Shilique Calhoun and the defensive line will shut things down, allowing some new players get adjusted to game speed and learn on the go. Jacksonville state won’t be able to run the ball and will be forced into bad passing situations.
Michigan State 44, Jacksonville State 10.
Jacksonville State, while coming off the best season in their history as a program, is still an FCS school. That’s really all the explanation you need. Michigan State is going to dominate on all sides of the ball the entire game. It’s not going to be close.
Michigan State 41, Jacksonville State 10.
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