Arguably the Most Important Game in 2012: MSU v. Boise State

By: Matthew Taylor

Friday night’s matchup between the #13 Spartans and the #24 Broncos can either make or break the outcome of the season for both teams. For Michigan St. if they were to lose this game it will hurt them in the standings since alot of the voters are saying it’s just Boise St., but in fact Michigan St. has the potential make alot of fuss in the BCS this year if they can beat Boise St. and have a good year offensively.

Their defense should be just as good as last season with the return of a few key players. The Spartans’ defense was ranked tenth in the nation in points allowed due to linebacker Denicos Allen and defensive ends William Gholston, and Marcus Rush. All in all, the Spartans should be a very good football team again this year and can make it a hard year for their opponents.

Gholston returns to anchor MSU’s defense.

Boise St. once again is trying to prove themselves as one of the best teams in college football. For most people their record over the past few years is not enough to give them the benefit of the doubt that team can hang with the “big boys,” this game is just another way for them to prove they can play football and they deserve the chance to do so. I know you are probably saying, well look at the conference they play in and would agree with you except for the fact that Boise St. has the nation’s best winning percentage (.819) since 1997.

Thats pretty hard to do no matter what conference you play in. Now here is where the problem lies for me. Boise State only has seven starters returning this year and of course one of those seven is not Kellen Moore. Replacement QB Joe Southwick is a good qb, but I don’t think he will respond to well to Michigan State’s defensive pressure, the o-line will have to be on their p’s and q’s to protect Southwick and to open holes for D.J. Harper.

Southwick will try to make the Boise faithful forget about Kellen Moore, at least for a night.

For me it’s simple Michigan State’s game to lose, however if Boise St. can hold the Spartan defense off of Southwick and give him time to make plays, along with creating holes for Harper this could change the outcome tremendously. Truthfully, I can’t wait to watch the game, and I’m sorry to say Broncos fans, I don’t think Boise State will win this one.

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2 Comments on “Arguably the Most Important Game in 2012: MSU v. Boise State”

  1. sumterbrave Says:

    You don’t have to be impressed with Maxwell, but you cant deny Bell he is a beast!


  2. B1Gcast Says:

    I think Boise pulls this one out, Michigan State looks timid after 1 quarter and I’m not impressed with Maxwell at all.


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