Youngstown State (2-0) at Michigan State (2-0) (2 p.m. ET, on BTN)
Line: No Line
Last Meeting: 2011: 28-6 MSU
3 Players to Watch:
1) Damion Terry (QB, MSU):Well it looks like the true freshman quarterback may get his shot on Saturday. Terry has been practicing with the 2nd string all week and one would imagine if he is still practicing there this late in the week that he will get a chance to show what he’s got. Damion has been one of the most hyped freshman to come to MSU in a while, but a lot of that may have to do with the need at the position. That is not to take anything away from Terry, who finished his senior year in high school with 3,599 passing yards, 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. If he plays, I think it means that Dantonio believes Terry’s talent outweighs his inexperience. But for now this is all just talk, lets see if and how well he plays Saturday against a FCS opponent.
2) Shilique Calhoun(DE, MSU): Well this one is obvious. Calhoun scored another two touchdowns last week, one by the way of a tipped-pass interception, which he returned 56 yards to the house. Shilique has three touchdowns on the year, which is one more than our entire offense. I don’t know if I can predict another defensive touchdown from this man, but it sure wouldn’t surprise me if he finds himself in that end zone somehow again.
3) Connor Cook (QB, MSU):Cook will get his second career start this week against Youngstown State. Last week he finished 6 for 11 with 32 yards, but he seemed inaccurate at times and even missed some wide-open receivers. I have a feeling that Dantonio is looking for a reason to keep Cook in and save Damion Terry’s redshirt, though I am not sure Cook will give him that reason. He must continue to move the ball when given the opportunity, while holding his mistakes to a minimum.
The offense wasn’t much better last week and I don’t know if you should expect it to get any better this week. I have a strange theory that the Spartans are passing a lot more than they normally would in hopes of finding the guy at QB. Unfortunately, I expect that to be the case again this week as the true freshman Damion Terry may throw his name into the race.
The defense has continued to be awesome. Again they scored two defensive touchdowns and again they outscored the offense. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed as Football Outsiders has them ranked as the number one defense in the country. I would look for them to have another dominant performance this week.
Well the student section may finally have their “We want Terry” chants answered this week as the true freshman has been practicing with the 2nd team all week. How will he perform, or will he even get a chance to play this week? Hopefully the quarterback question becomes a bit more clear after this week.
My pick: Michigan State 24, Youngstown State 6