QA with MSU blog BanksOfTheRedCedar.com: Part 1
In the first installment, TCR asks BanksOfTheRedCedar.com some questions. See more from there blog here.
1) MSU’s clear strengths seem to be their defense and rushing attack. Will the game plan be to pound it on the ground? Or will Dantonio try to throw it more with Maxwell?
Throughout the game, the Spartans will definitely rely on their running game, but will probably try to give Maxwell some more freedom, considering the Chippewas aren’t Boise State and MSU needs to have all cylinders ready to go by the Notre Dame game.
2) With Boise last week and Notre Dame next week, does this one feel like a trap game for the Spartans?
Possibly. Do I think the Spartans will lose? No. But they very well could, as Central Michigan is prone to taking down the Spartans every now and then.
3) Which freshman should CMU fans be looking out for on Saturday?
The two biggest threats, Freshman wise, will be two safeties. The first one is Free Safety and true freshman Demetrious Cox, who will get significant playing time because the two starters above him (Jairus Jones and Kurtis Drummond) are both underperforming at their respective position. The second one is Strong Safety and redshirt freshman RJ Williamson. He didn’t come into the season with a lot of hype surrounding him, but his game against Boise State (one interception in the end zone and several huge pass breakups) really gave him a big chance to share time with Isaiah Lewis.
4) It is rumored that the MSU box office sent back some of their ticket allotment for this game. This game is obviously quite hyped for Chippewa fans but it seems Spartan fans are not as interested. How do you expect the fan ratio to shake out?
With all of the huge games the Spartans are playing, there will be some tickets that aren’t as big sellers, and an away game at a smaller school won’t be a big draw. I’m going to the game because my mom went to Central and I LOVE Spartan Football, but there’s several people I’ve talked to who backed out of going to that game and rather decided to head to the Big House in Ann Arbor or Camp-Randall in Wisconsin. I still feel like Mt. Pleasant will be plentiful with Spartan fans, but it won’t be as overwhelming as some think.
5) Give us your best prediction.
With the stifling defense of the Spartans, the incredible run game and the time to work on Maxwell’s timing, the Spartans will handily take this one 35-10.