The Wolverines had a sputtering start but dominated last week against Oregon State, with a potent offensive line and running game. About an hour before kickoff in Ann Arbor on Saturday, the sun slipped behind the clouds, the temperature dropped about 15 degrees and – just like that – it was fall for Harbaugh’s first game.
MSU doesn’t face a ranked opponent until their highly anticipated bout in Columbus the second to last week of the season, and are 31-0 under Mark Dantonio while ranked against unranked opponents.
Air Force loaded the box and brought pressure, daring Cook to beat them over the top. In doing so, they might go on week long rants about why their favorite sports team lost a game, who was responsible for the loss and other countless speculation to justify their bad mood. Last summer, I spent seven days in the field without a weapon and could only eat and drink what I could find.
The Falcons (2-0) boast the nation’s second-best rushing offense at 411.0 yards per game behind the strength of their triple-option attack. It was the first time Michigan State has hosted a service academy. Are we going to put our tail between our legs and go sit in a corner or are we going to ball up and fight?
The Spartans threw everything they had at Air Force.
It was 21-7 after that touchdown, and the Spartans caught a break when Air Force was called for a personal foul near the end of the half on a play when Cook was sacked. “We just want to be a great team, leave a legacy”, said Falcons fullback D.J. Johnson.
The strong finish added to Air Force’s sense of frustration, but with a trip to Navy awaiting after an open week in the schedule, it said it would have no difficulty letting this one go. “This was really a tough team to prepare for, especially when you don’t see it on a weekly basis”. Now, in his senior season, Burbridge is starting to live up to those expectations, in a big way.
Though Michigan State’s victory last week was a virtual must-have for its College Football Playoff chances, Dantonio was less inclined to revel in the potential postseason implications. “It’s a process, and we knew we would run into some adversity along the way”.
The Michigan State football team has had an awfully good start to the 2015 campaign, and are now just one win away from the first clean slate in September in the past five seasons.
In addition to intercepting Adams twice, Michigan State also stopped Oregon twice on fourth-and-short and stuffed Oregon on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Burbridge was a thorn in the Falcons’ side all game. Scott, a 233-pounder who coaches think could be the next Le’Veon Bell, scored twice against the Ducks, while London ran for 103 yards, including a 62-yarder on his team’s first snap. We have confidence in ourselves, in our offense and our defense.
Eight catches, 156 yards, three touchdowns, including a Catch of the Year candidate, Burbridge has filled the No. 1 receiver role quite nicely.
“I had to cheer for Michigan State and against Michigan”, John said. And Air Force is undersized. Ohio State is without a doubt the best team in the country. Coach (Mark Dantonio) said this week that these guys are trained to play football, but they’re also trained to fight in war. Northwestern is going to be testy – and then it’s Michigan State.