An early spin through MSU’s football season: New coach, same EMU Eagles visit on Sept. 20

This is the third in a 12-day series looking at Michigan State’s opponents this football season and their chances against the Spartans.

Week 3: Eastern Michigan
Time and Date: TBA, Sept. 20
Venue: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing

Eagles at a glance
Coach: Chris Creighton (first season)
Last season: 2-10 overall; 1-7 MAC (5th West Division)
Returning starters: 13 (eight offense, five defense)

Preseason magazine predictions
Athlon: 2-10 overall; 1-7 MAC (6th, West Division); ranked No. 124 nationally
Lindy’s: 6th, MAC West; ranked No. 120
Sporting News: 6th, MAC West

Why they’ll beat the Spartans
They won’t. Not even if Connor Cook, Jeremy Langford and Tony Lippett miss the game with the flu, and the Trae Waynes comes down with a grass allergy.

Why they won’t
The Eagles have experience on offense, including a relatively heralded recruit at quarterback, Brogan Roback, returning for his sophomore season. Unless Roback suddenly becomes the next Peyton Manning, there’s no overcoming this Eagles defense, which allowed more than 500 yards and 45 points per game last season and isn’t expected to be considerably improved.

Worse yet for the Eagles, MSU isn’t likely to overlook them, the memory of 2012 and an early bye both hurting the chances of a letdown game.

Final analysis
Two years ago, MSU nearly lost at home to Eastern Michigan — and might have, if not for a dropped touchdown pass in the second half. It was among the many signs of trouble for MSU in 2012. The Spartans are a completely different offense these days and the bulk of the roster remembers that scare. It won’t come close to happening again. This is likely the bottom of the MAC vs. the top of the Big Ten, or close to it.

Previously …
A telling test at Oregon on Sept. 6
Rose Bowl encore begins with Friday night lights vs. Jacksonville State on Aug. 29

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7 Responses to An early spin through MSU’s football season: New coach, same EMU Eagles visit on Sept. 20

  1. avatar *** says:

    An embarassing mismatch, since this is not a real game they should charge half price admission. :)

    • avatar AASparty says:

      yup, the MAC-iest of the MACrifices, if they don’t steam-roll this team then it could be a long one…

  2. avatar SteveU says:

    No getting around it, we should win by at least 40.

  3. avatar mip says:

    typo in 2nd header …. s/b Eagles …… not much else to worry about with this team

  4. avatar NJ Rob says:

    Am I reading a UM blog? Respect each opponent. MAC has a lot of talent, and things can change quickly from year to year, especially with a strong QB.

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