I foresee a game of change August 31st, while many look to the past when talking about this match up, MSU power running game to Boise State’s finesse passing and running game I have an eerie feeling we are going to see both teams go against their own history and display something new. Out of pure necessity these teams will present a game plan that goes against everything we’ve seen from them in the past.
The reality for Boise State is MSU’s defense is stout and experienced while Boise States field General hasn’t even been selected yet, this presents a huge problem for the Bronco’s. While I believe Boise State is loaded at ever position but one on the offensives side of the ball, that being the field General being untested and unproven not to mention unnamed at this late date even before fall camp, this presents a huge problem heading into camp when it comes to game planning for what is no doubt the biggest game on Boise States schedule for 2012, however this negative could be changed into a positive if the coaching staff already knows what their game plan will be, even though they don’t know who will be commanding on the field. What kind of game plan could Boise State be brewing up for Sparty without an already tagged leader? Wildcat! Or should I say Boise States version of Oregon Ducks hurry up offense.
Consider this Boise State has four Young men vying for Kellen Moore’s spot and as MSU QB Maxwell pointed out in Sparty’s media days following behind a great QB is more about being who you are and not about how you compare to who came before you. Looking at who these guys are at Boise State a couple things stand out, they all are more athletic then Kellen was for sure but three of the four come from running QB’s systems. Now why Coach Pete would recruit so many running QB’s if he didn’t have change in mind. We all know Coach Pete is close to Oregon, we all fear that if there is one school Coach Pete would leave Boise for its Oregon we all know Coach Pete spends time with the Oregon coaches. Add in what we saw in 2009-11, Coach Pete installed here and there the wildcat offense at times taking Kellen Moore out inserting another back or even spreading him out of the backfield ,too taking Kellen off the field altogether and inserting either another RB or a different QB to run the play. It does not take a great leap to say with Kellen gone will we see more of that kind of offense? Indeed I believe we will. My leap is I believe we are going to see a whole new offense and the fact that Boise State has so many capable QB’s two of which have real game experience leads me to believe Coach Pete may be looking to run a multiple QB attack not a single field general but Multiple field generals. If coach is already leaning this way then announcing and or declaring a starter is much less important.
Dozens of coaches from around the state of Oregon watched Saturday's Spring practice with the Ducks.
Also on hand at the Moshofsky Center, Boise State head coach and former Oregon assistant, Chris Petersen.
Starting off with MSU considering their dominate defense I believe makes these changes even more imperative. Consider Boise States weapon and advantages. Where MSU has size and strength Boise State has speed and experience. From the Burroughs brothers to the wide receivers core Boise State can stretch the field in every direction from sideline to sideline to end zone and all places in between. Add in their deep TE core and RB’s and Boise State version of Organ’s offense can attack all the open gaps this offense provides. It makes no sense for Boise State to line up in the Pro set with all the motion and go head to head with MSU’s power when they can attack it by spreading it out and working the seams.
17 yard TD run By D.J. Harper against TCU from the Wildcat formation.
What better way to slow down MSU massive DL and render the NFL bound LB’s then to attack their weakest parts their secondary. As well the hurry up does another thing that is very effective and we saw the results of in the Georgia game it wears down defenses. While MSU starting lineup is goliath like it is not as deep and keeping those guys on the field attacking its edges with speed will have an impact. MSU will be hard pressed to keep their guys fresh and focused against an attack they were not preparing for nor had seen on film. When you look back over the last 3 years you can see the slow transition Coach Pete has been making to this kind of offense and now with Kellen Moore gone there is no reason for him not to go all in.
As for MSU all the talk leading up to this game has been and will continue to be about their power running game, for good reason. Returning most of the line only losing TE’s and Bell siting back there ready to bring the hammer one would suspect MSU will attempt to do what every Major power has tried to do to the likes of Boise State, TCU and Fresno State Power over them. While Wisconsin has had some luck at home against Fresno State doing this but barely, TCU and Boise State on the other hand have proven they can stop any teams power running game year in year out. Rita Mae Brown in her book Sudden Death wrote “the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results” I do not believe Mark Dantonio is insane and frankly he has shown an ability to think outside of the box which has resulted in more wins than Sparty has seen in decades.
Some might argue that Boise State has lost too much on their DL to force Dantonio to think otherwise. Certainly sending 5 guys from your DL to NFL camps 3 of them drafted is a huge loss of talent, but then again considering these guys are NFL quality and were seniors to those now taking over shouldn’t cast that big of shadow over the pair of 300+ lbs Boise State will be fielding in the middle, both of whom have much game experience and some starts. It would also be overlooking the quality of recruits Boise State has seen these last 3 years with those young men stepping up to take over various position spending years learning and competing against those they are replacing. To think Boise State’s Defense will be anything but better than the one fielded in 2009 that held Oregon to no first downs until the 6 minute mark of the 3qt (Yes the very same Duck team that won the PAC 10 out right with the nation’s best rushing yardage) and fewer than 30 rushing yards total for the game should be expected. The defense Boise State fielded that day was smaller and younger than the one they will field August 31st in East Lansing. Dantonio knows this and Damtonio knows his real weakness is his best shot at winning. Maxwell is inexperienced even more so the Joe Southwhick of Boise State and experience matters as well his receiving core is even worse yet. So how does Danintio turn a weakness in to his winning card?
Danintonio must first build confidence in both his field General and receivers, of course this will be done as much as possible in camp but nothing can prepare inexperienced players for what they will be experiencing out on that big stage Friday night. Danintonio is going to need to game pan in a way to build confidence on the field during the game and the best way to do that is with a short high percentage passing game. I harking back to the one and only truly exciting game I experienced in the Pontiac Silver Dome the 1991 Divisional Playoff game against Dallas Cowboys, just like that night the crowd will be loud,(doubtful any crowd will ever be that loud) and Sparty is going to need to keep it that way the whole game. If Sparty can get a ball control passing game going early and establish it, it can possibly open up other things in the offense as the game progresses, but most important of all if they succeed it will build confidence in the players on the field and confidence alone can be enough to propel a team to achieve beyond its abilities. So don’t look for MSU to come out and try to run over Boise State, MSU knows they cannot dither away the first half to Boise State in hopes they can wear them down and power over them to victory as others have tried and failed. MSU will need to come out and score early and often if they expect to win barring that it will be the other way are round where Boise State will build confidence and wear down Sparty.
Really enjoyed this article. I am a season ticket holder for MSU and have been waiting for this game since last year! Two year win streak in a very, very hostile Spartan Stadium! I have nothing against Boise and always cheer for them but this time I will be in Green from head to toe and screaming until my voice is hoarse. Go Green, Go White! Good luck Broncos.
This a great site to occupy time before the game in 29 days. We in Michigan are glad to have Ball State..er Boise State come for a friendly battle. Two good teams we all hope put on a great show. We'll be tailgating starting the night before so be prepared or be square. Spartans Will.
And DarthProphet you either need to learn to type or get a spell check.....rreading some of your stuff hurts my head......
All these comments about Will Gholston being a dirty player are incredibly false and show that you guys need to stop eating everything ESPN feeds you. If you ever met Big Will you would realize how great of a person he really is. And while the punch was completly uncalled for and not appopriate at all and it should NEVER EVER happen, a few plays before Taylor Lewen grabbed his facemask and held his head on the ground, and he was getting cheap shotted all game. Now I'm sure some of you will want to blow up on me and say well that was no excuse, but again, I'm not saying that is a reason to do it, but he was provoked. So now if you all have your facts straight, we can move on and wait till August 31st when we will see which program on the rise is better! Good luck to you! (You'll need it)
interesting read ,,, i think that is the closest you have ever come to complimenting 'ORGAN' so far!! ,,i'll take it!! lolol.. good ole organ has given bsu many gifts, including coach pete!! glad your making the connection,, haha,, kidding aside, good article.
I cannot wait for this game! This is probably the best article I have read about the opener against Sparty. I expect the offense to look nothing like it has in years past. Look to see the receiving core spread out and the running game to try and get off to an early start against the line that Sparty will show up with. I will be making the journey to East Lansing for this one and really expect to see a slobberknocker! Blood, sweat and tears in this one my friends. The defense on both teams will be a huge factor and if BSU has a very successful fall camp I see them walking away with the W. 21-17, advantage to BSU. Hopefully there will be some awesome tailgating down there!
@JasonMcGuire Thank you for your kind words . I'll see you there.
@DarthProphet Word on the street is that Sparty fans can be pretty brutal to the opposing teams diehards…any truth to that??
@DarthProphet Seems like a pretty damn good idea…One reason why I want to be at the game is because Sparty is my second favorite team! Im always rooting for them…except when they play Boise! lol
@JasonMcGuire Thats the spirt get some sparty tail ..
@DarthProphet Maybe I will just get a Sparty shirt so once the game is done, I can change and go party! Sparty has some pretty fine ladies...
@JasonMcGuire Can't be worse then Toledo fans, I'm sure over all Sparty fans are way better then buckeye fans but that being said buckeye fans are considered the worse in all of college football. The good news is they don't allow drinking in the stadium and there will be a ton of security in side and out just vacate lansing as soon as the game is over go east that's why I'm recommending Novi as a hotel area puts in with a bunch of Michigan fans who want nothing more then for Boise State to whip up on Sparty.
I just watched the MSU vs MU game from last year, MSU's defense looked very stout against the run first/quarterback wildcat offense that MU runs. Granted the game may have looked different if Robinson could complete ANY passes, but MSU attacked the line of scrimage well and looked very fast on the edges. I think BSU's offense will look very different this year as well, but I think we had better be very balanced on offense in this one. The key will be our new QB getting the ball out on time and not making any huge mistakes, possibly delivering the ball well while being flushed out of the pocket, and knowing when to throw it away. I expect our D to be better than most think, and a close defensive struggle BSU-14 MSU-10
@Bluesledge I agree could be a low score affair like the 09 Oregon game. I would say the difference between the Meatchickens and Boise State is large Michigan OL wasn't very good this OL Boise is Bring to Town may be the best ever! As well Boise State would be foolish not to be balanced in their run pass attack considering all the talent hey have at every receiver position. For me I believe it will all come down to the crowd and if MSU can do what others have failed to do get out ahead of Boise State and stay there by half time. For me it's either going to be a close one or a blow out if it's close MSU has a chance if it's a high scoring game , MSU just doesn't have the staying power to trade scores with Boise State. can't fricken wait for this game!!!
I cant wait either, its pretty bad when im watching the big ten channel for reruns of last years games! GO BLUE!
@nyduck no cheating about it just the way things work out ;) best interest for the young man :D
(reply to darthprophet's comment on 'strategic groin injury of dan'/sixth year!!)
hmmmmm!!?? that sounds a little fishy!! you mean bsu might be cheatin' a little??!!,,lolol.. who'd a thunk it?
or is it,, ' if you aint cheatin' . you aint tryin!!'
Meatchickens is Michigan not Michigan State. Comes from the way their old announcer use to say Meechegan! Sparty is Moo U ! I'm not going to be so nice with my prediction MSU 28 BSU 10 Good Luck on game day - you'll need it ! Hey didn't the LIONS pick up Kellen Moore? Also got Titus !!!!!
He is a beast I'll give him that, and I havnt watched too many MSU games, but in that one he was dirty! I love to see Great hits, Blood and sweat, but trying to break a mans neck while he is lying on the bottom of a pile is just cheap. Your destroyer will get whats coming to him 1st game of the season. Mark it down
Funny! The incidents you refer to happened in the MSU vs scUM game. Sparty HATES scUM! Most of the kids on Sparty are Michigan kids and the kids on scUM are from out of state. It use to happen alot more from BOTH teams, when scUM had more home state kids, which they do now. The future WARS between these two is only going to get better, err, worse?! Can't wait for YOU boys to come to town, should be FUN!
@Bluesledge One can hope. It's the pressure kicks I worry about.
Heard ya, Kinda like the last depth chart we released. I hope we get the kicking thing down better this year, this one and a few more could come down to it. I really thought JVG would be our new guy
@Bluesledge I've herd he is fine, I also herd his groin wasn't as bad as it may have been reported, in other words this was a strategic injury once he was hurt last year, if you get my meaning. This being his 6th year and all ;)
I heard dans groin wasnt totally healed, wonder if there is any truth to it. If he is healthy that will be a fun matchup to watch. Overgrown shitdirty bully against macktruck benching manchild with leverage
@Bluesledge he's horrible he makes Trufont look like an angle! I believe Dan Paul will handle him just fine not even worried about him. Plus they will be watchinghimlike a hawk he pulls his dirty shit he just might be done .You know he's been suspended for playing like a rat bastard already .
Gholston, I mean
Its very close to my birthday holding out to see if my wife does the right thing! We have traditionally had a big football party at my house for the first game, either way Im pumped. You have watched a lot of vids on MSU have you noticed how dirty Golston is? he should have been ejected twice in last years MU game.
@Bluesledge hey get a video editing program and a compute tv capture card and start making videos . when you find your self having to watch hour upon hours of video to find just that one tackle you start to pick up on things you missed the first time you watched the game live.. You coming to Michigan for the game?