Found September 22, 2012 on Banks Of The Red Cedar:
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This week, Andrew Maxwell and the Michigan State Spartans are taking on the 0-3 Eastern Michigan Eagles at 3:30 PM on Big Ten Network.

Last week, in my Notre Dame preview, I stated that one of the keys to the game was the Spartans offensive line. Wow, did I nail that one right on the head. The O-Line collapsed and MSU got crushed.

Anyways, on to the game preview.

In the Q&A we did with Eagle Totem, it became known that saying the Eagle’s season this year is disappointing is an understatement. They’re 0-3 after a respectable 6-6 season.

Also, the Spartans are coming off their own saddening loss to Notre Dame 20-3 at home for their first home loss since November 21st, 2009.

This should be a fairly easy game for the Spartans, but a preview is needed nonetheless.

Keys To The Game

Le’Veon Bell needs to bust the game open early, as EMU has given up 312.3 rushing yards per game this season, on average. If he can get it going easy and early, the Spartans will be able to give Maxwell some room to improve his game.

The MSU Defensive Line didn’t look like themselves against Notre Dame. They look pretty good, but not incredible like they did before. EMU averages 151 rushing yards per game this year, so if William Gholston and the rest of the defensive line can stop EMU, it’ll be a long day for the visitors.

The Wide Receivers aren’t necessarily a key to this game in particular, but they have got to improve for the upcoming B1G schedule because if they don’t, the Spartans will not be as good as we hoped. If the receivers can just be average the Spartans will be set. Unfortunately, they have not reached “average” status yet.

MSU should take this game easily, and use it as a preparation game for next week (Ohio State). They should have the starters give them some breathing room early and then start improving their weak spots in the second half.

Remember to follow us on twitter @botrc as I live-tweet the game and the day in college football!

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