Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/6/13

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans argues with a referee during a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 10, 2009 at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Illinois 24-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In lieu of of Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio’s tight lips on the matter as well as the fact that there are plenty of other articles on the subject out there, it is an honor to present a preview to the Michigan State vs. South Florida football game without discussing or simply stating the names of any of the Michigan State….err, guys who throw the ball. If you want some of that, you can click here. Or you can click here. Anyways, about the game taking place this Saturday. South Florida (0-1), coming off of a 53-21 pounding suffered at the hands of FCS school McNeese State, will travel to East Lansing to take on Michigan State (1-0), who are coming off of a 26-13 victory over Western Michigan. The game is set to kick off at 12:00 PM and will be televised on ESPNU. A sputtering Michigan State offense last Friday night led to eleven Mike Sadler punts. (Photo by Mike Carter/US Presswire) There is no doubt that Michigan State should be the odds on favorite to win this Saturday, which they currently are, listed as the 23.5 point favorite in the match up. The game also could potentially be a big confidence booster for the Michigan State offense and could very well get them going a little bit. After all, McNeese State put up 53 points on South Florida last week! McNeese State! At the very least, the Michigan State offense should give punter Mike Sadler the opportunity to rest his kicking leg this week after having to boot the ball eleven times last Friday night. But in all seriousness, South Florida is just an outright awful football team right now. Long ago seem the days when they found themselves ranked 2nd in the BCS rankings in 2007. Last week South Florida, facing similar questions as Michigan State at the….uhh…well, ‘the you know what position’, had two different guys take some snaps last week, with neither guy able to distance himself much from the other. Sound familiar? It appeared the lone bright spot for South Florida last week was senior running back Marcus Shaw, who broke a big 80 yard touchdown run in the game, finishing the game with 145 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards. Other than that, not much else can look good when you give up 53 points to McNeese State. Last week though, Michigan State’s defense played spectacular, forcing four turnovers and only giving up 204 total yards of offense, just 11 of those yards being rushing yards. Expect Michigan State’s stifling defense to easily shut down Marcus Shaw and South Florida’s mediocre attack. As for the Michigan State offense last week, that was a different story as they failed to score more touchdowns than their defense did. However, 100% of the blame cannot be blamed upon those who….umm…. you know, wear the red shirts in practice. After all, the wide receivers did drop passes all over the field last Friday night. And since that disappointing display from the MSU wide outs, Dantonio and his coaching staff has made some changes, as sophomore Macgarrett Kings Jr. has since been inserted into the starting lineup. Nevertheless, really no matter who is sent out there on Saturday to take on the Bulls, Michigan State should come away victorious. These next two weeks when they take on South Florida and Youngstown State back to back will be huge for the Michigan State coaches and should be a good opportunity for them to find some stuff out about their team because after that it doesn’t get any easier. Because after these next two weeks, Michigan State will travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame, a team that has beaten Michigan State three of the last four years.   Follow Ryan Squanda on Twitter @squandaryan      
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