Today we share a Q&A with The Detroit Sports Site
First I would like to thank Chris Burke and Max DeMara's for there question and Answers.
While Chris Burke asked me Question Max DeMara's answered my question to them. You can see my answers here.
DP:1.Do you feel playing green on green at home gives your team an advantage?
Max DeMara:"As cute an assumption it is to assume green on green gives Michigan
State an advantage, I don't see that as a big problem or relevant at
all. I don't view Boise State's blue on blue as a huge advantage,
either. The Spartans, like the Broncos, have enough variation in
colors to offset the turf. The whole matching color and jersey angle
is simply something for the media to overstate and play up."
DP:2.Lacking any experience at both pass receiving and at the QB positions what are your reasonable expectations for passing yardage against what are considered by most two of the best CB’s in college Football Gavins and Taylor?
Max DeMara:"Early in the season with a new quarterback and several new
receivers, expectations do have to be tempered a bit. There's no doubt
Boise State's corners and defensive backfield have played well in the
past against other passing attacks. I think Andrew Maxwell will have a
solid first game, and find comfort in a few receivers. It's not
unreasonable to expect 270 yards passing out of him right away."
DP:3.Considering Boise State advantages in Pass defense over MSU’s pass offense how do you think your B1G ranked 11th out 12 rush attack will fair against a defense that has historical wreck run heavy teams such as V-Tech, Oregon, and TCU ?
Max DeMara:"I think Le'Veon Bell will fare well on the ground. He rushed well
against several great defensive lines last in the Big Ten season that
I'd put above Boise State, such as Wisconsin. Don't forget about Larry
Caper, who can rush the ball in addition to catch passes out of the
backfield. Both can and will give the Broncos trouble, regardless of
what the statistics say. Each are a load."
DP:4.Setting the Hype aside for a monument of Gholston and MSU Tops in the B1G sack numbers from last year, how likely do you believe it is against A Boise State OL that returns 6 starters to include Dan Paul, that they might get more than 1 sack against a OL that has ranked tops in all of college football at giving up the fewest sacks 5 in 2008 , 6 in 2009, 6 in 2010 and 7 in 2011? Keep in mind slow foot un-athletic Kellen Moore is no longer there. However Joe Southwick and his 4.5 40 speed replaces him?
Max DeMara:"Michigan State's defense is much more than just William Gholston.
There's also a solid group of linebackers led by sack happy Denicos
Allen and hard hitting safety Isiah Lewis. Don't forget a solid group
of linemen like Anthony Rashad White and Vanderbilt transfer James
Kitteridge. All can pressure the quarterback in unique ways. I think
the Spartans will present the Broncos with their greatest challenge in
pass defense. It doesn't matter how fast Joe Southwick is, this will
be his first start on the road in a big game. Can he deal with
disguises in coverage and plenty of unique blitz packages in addition
to noise? Michigan State's defensive line will play up to the
DP:5. Danintoi said Friday on the B1G network that this week game week they are finally going to start game planning and film work for Boise State, do you really believe considering the complexity of both Boise State Offense and Defense that is even going to be enough time to be ready game day?
Max DeMara:"Mark Dantonio has been one of the most successful coaches in the
Big Ten over the past three seasons. His game planning has been second
to none and his teams are always prepared. Expect nothing different
against Boise State. Michigan State has likely been hard at work all
offseason on Bronco film. There's been plenty of time to prepare
regardless of what Dantonio says the goal this week is for film study.
The Spartans will be more than ready Friday night by kickoff."
DP:6. On a scale of 1-10 how well do you believe the typical Sparty fan knows the Boise State team that’s coming to East Lansing?
Max DeMara:"I'd say a 6. Michigan State fans, like most college football fans,
know plenty about Boise State and their role as giant killers and BCS
busters over the past eight years. That being said, the Broncos have
lost plenty of players in the past few years, which lends to a lack of
familiarity. In other words, they might not know Joe Southwick, but
they definitely remember Jared Zabransky, Ian Johnson, Titus Young and
I really would like to thank these guys for the answers I must say I have found must MSU bloggers to be very knowlegable and quite friendly and cheeky!
As I had stated in an earilier post Boise State and Michigan State have much in common and I beleive that is nearly as true with their fans.
lol.. the kool aide and blue tinted sun glasses are in full gear i see!! I read that q and a, so lest see if i got you right:
1) you replied, 'we expect to win it!' (this year) ,, do you mean to win the national title??!!
2) you go on and on about your team, to the point you make it sound as though they are clearly better than any other school, and certainly better(petersen) than any other coach in college(maybe even in pros!?), maybe you even think they could beat soem pro teams!!??
3) oregon is regarded as one of your greatest glories of history for bsu, you repeat ad nauseum, aside form my greatest wish to meet bsu in the national title game to shut you up for a while on that, (lol), i will say that that game was in doubt late(but too late for the ducks) who brought in backup(at the time) qb darron thomas who nearly brought the ducks all the way back, before running out of time,, and who after that game had 2 exceelent seasons and never saw the sideline again. Oregon and kelly discovered who their best qb was in that game, after making the mistake of playing the other guy, costa for the fist half. So yeah, bsu was lucky that thomas didnt start that game, or oregon would in all probability have won. (im sure you'll love to hear that!!) lol.
4) now, you have painted the picture that bsu is way better, than measly msu in this game in a few days,, so tell us finally please,, what crushing score do you predict that the new version bsu will destory the midget tiny weaking spartans by?? gotta be at least 2 or 3 touchdowns with all the giants, and speed demons, and 'new kellen moore' at qb. speedster himself!!!, and of course with the BEST coach in all the football world!!! .. come on,, no weasly little we will win by 7 points or 10 points,, tell us how bad the score has got to be given your blue tinged view of what is about to happen to msu friday night!!!
@nyduck And this from a duck? :D well next to dUI you ducks hold a specail place in the hearts of every member of Bronco Nation, and I'm sure I don't need to explain why :D.
From your comments I see you find my arguments for what they are an effective description of why Boise State is the greatest football team in all the land :D The mere fact that you are unable to make such arguments for the ducks only prove my point :D
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i am not writing a blog article about the ducks on your site,, first i am not inclined, second i wouldnt presume it appropriate for your fan base readers,, plenty of others across the web, on blog sites, espn, etc, have made the case for ducks to be 4 or 5 to start the hunt for national title,, the lines is the key in my estimation, and the team has the lines on both sides bigger and deeper than ever before across the board, offense and defense, the skill players?? ditto! well known, the running game?, same. but the real difference for the ducks this year will be their defense. It may well be there best defense in the history of the program,, and if so,, they will have little problem outscoring anyone. They can score plenty enough points. I could reel off points on this guy and that guy,, but i know you are a smart and well read enough college football fan, and probably heard enough about the ducks that way anyway,, so i wont ,,, but here are a couple of names besides dat and barner and clay and boyett, and absolute de beast dion jordan(nfl here he comes) , that you will soon know,, arik armstead, dlinemen, beast, and bralon addison(next dat??!! sounds like it may be) ,, the ducks are so loaded and deep at every position of the team and field, that i am saying the ducks will be undefeated and national champions this year(and years to follow?!).Yeah!! i have the balls to go out on the line! no doubt. and not as a bozo homer fan, but as a serious minded analytical fan, a ny giant fan, who understands the game and the dynamics prety well.
I will admit the acchilles heal of the ducks vision/plan is ck himself! that may or may not surprise some, and most duck fans dont get that, but it is true. kelly has the players/pieces to win it all now and in near future. But ck also can screw it up with his tendency or play calling mistakes, and his failure to properly analyze/read/and react within the game at critical moments - that is percisely why the ducks did not win the usc game lasy year, a 'duh' bonehead moment - took his foot off their throat/played for ot, when victory was 10 yards away, and the steamroller was running down hill on the trojan scum, and they were dead!! exhausted and worn out - and the ducks can just miss once again if that flaw in ck repeats again. So, whereas most duck fans dont understand the deeper insights and dynamics within the game, i know that this is the true achilles heal potentially. Kelly is brilliant as well, obviously(dont me to opine on that one), but he needs to still grow that much more, learn from his past mistakes, and i am not sure he will, or has grown there - its a missourri/show me situation. But i am banking on the ducks being SO good that they can do more than enough in games to shield themselvs from that potential flaw in kelly as head decision maker on the field.
This is the first all ck team recruits, and it is a flowering of the vision, and the plan. petersen went for preseason practice to have a look first hand and he knows what cards the ducks are holding this year, and i bet if you asked him , he would bascially confirm for you what is soon going to be seen by everyone in the nation- ESPECIALLY USCum, used trojans of L A. But we can go back and forth on your opinion as the season rolls along,, as we will on bsu as well..
good luck friday.. i am real curious to see if your perspective, a 'not a beat missed' continuation of petersens system does the same it has been doing the last few years, and also how up to speed and ready the spartans are out of the gate. One thing i do know is that petersens teams and his style is conducive to it, being 'ready day one out of the gate'. The ducks are a team that progressively gets better and better in the course of a season, thus they are vulnerable to being clipped as they were by bsu, and lsu, early in the season. This year their schedule is PERFECT!! and so, i look for them to defeat anyone, sec, bsu. anyone by the end. I only hope that you and i, as fans, see the ducks versus bsu in the national title game. That would be a wonderful place to surprise you!!