Air Force Falcons vs. No. 4 Michigan State Spartans
Opening the season with a sweat-it-out win over Western Michigan, the Michigan State Spartans rebounded to take down Oregon at home in impressive fashion. Although the game came down to the wire, ending on a failed fourth-and-17 conversion by Vernon Adams, the Spartans controlled the game throughout.
Michigan State might be ranked No. 4 right now, but it’s still not playing to the best of its abilities, which can be frustrating for fans and coaches, alike. The defense has been the main are of struggles as it has allowed over 400 yards per game, 337 of which have come through the air.
The passing defense won’t be a problem against Air Force as the Falcons are a primarily run-first squad. Connor Cook has performed under expectations, but is still getting the job done. He’s completing just over 50 percent of his passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns, replacing Tony Lippett from last year with Aaron Burbridge at receiver.
Two freshmen lead the run game as Madre London and L.J. Scott are the nation’s fastest-growing pair of stars in the backfield.
Speaking of backfields, the Falcons will be attempting to run all over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon, which may not work seeing as they have not faced a defense like Michigan State’s in at least two years.
Air Force ranks second in the country in rush yards per game, but the Spartans are one of the nation’s stingiest rushing defenses, allowing about 70 yards per contest on the ground.
Without starting quarterback Nate Romine for the rest of the year due to a torn ACL and MCL, senior backup Karson Roberts will be getting his shot after not attempting a pass in two years and rushing the ball just one time since 2013.
Let’s see if Jacobi Owens and the rest of the Falcons’ stout rushing attack can put up some points against the strong-minded Spartans.
Details for Saturday’s game are below.
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