Friday, September 7, 2012
Keys to victory for MSU, Michigan in Week 2
3 keys to victory for MSU vs.
Silence the crowd early: The Chippewas are going to look to feed off the emotion of hosting
. The crowd of around 35,000 should
be on fire early on. The Spartans need to quiet that crowd quickly and now
allow the Chippewas to feed off that energy. Getting the ball to start and driving
right down the field would be the best way to get that done. Michigan State
Pound Green Pound:
established a steady run game against
last week. In the early part of this game, the Spartans should do the same. The
Spartans need to give Andrew Maxwell a chance to improve, but not at the
expense of the team. MSU should use its bigger offensive line and Le’Veon Bell
to set the tone early and then let Maxwell attack the CMU secondary. Boise State
Be prepared for anything: The Spartans have a tremendous defense, but they can’t get cocky.
Central Michigan could unload the playbook
offensively, which means MSU needs to play disciplined football. The
linebackers will have to stick to their assignments and watch out for
misdirection plays. CMU should know it can’t try to push the ball right up the
middle of the MSU defense, so it will look to find other ways to move down the
3 keys to victory for
Air Force Michigan
Forget last week: It has been said plenty of times by Brady Hoke and many
Michigan players, but the Wolverines have to
forget about last week’s loss. Dwelling on it will cause the Wolverines to
start 0-2. This isn’t an easy game by any means, so Michigan needs to take the Falcons
Open up the playbook:
was criticized for not using Denard Robinson much in the run game last week.
That may have been a conservative approach to playing against a physical team
in a non-conference game. However, the Michigan
offense needs to find some success this week and gain confidence. With
Fitzgerald Toussaint back, I expect Michigan
to be more aggressive on offense and work Robinson more into the rushing game.
wants him to pass, start him off with some quick throws to build his
Stay disciplined on defense: Similar to what I said about MSU,
Michigan needs to play disciplined defense
against the Air Force option. If the Wolverines stick to their assignments,
they shouldn’t have much trouble containing the option. The more Michigan can force Air
Force into third-and-long situation, the better the day will be.