Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Utah State
Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict the outcome of Friday’s Utah State at Michigan State game (7 p.m., BTN, WJR 760).
Matt Charboneau: The Aggies were a young team when they opened last season by getting blown out at Wisconsin, but the bulk of that team is back to try and change their fortunes with a young, dynamic quarterback, Jordan Love, who should bring life to the offense. However, the Spartans are just as experienced, play in arguably the best division in the nation and haven’t lost a home opener since 1999. It won’t be a blowout that many MSU fans would like to see, but there shouldn’t be too much stress for the home team. Michigan State, 30-10
Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan State opens against a team it should have little problem with and it will be a great opportunity to knock off the ol’ rust, as they say. I’m expecting Brian Lewerke to come out looking strong and linebacker Joe Bachie will set the tone on defense. Michigan State, 35-10
John Niyo: The Friday night lights haven’t been all that flattering for the Spartans’ offensively in recent years. And with a ball-hawking Utah State defense throwing different looks at Brian Lewerke, things might stay too close for comfort – at least for a while – in the opener. Michigan State, 31-13
Bob Wojnowski: Utah State has experience and a decent offense, which should concern the Spartans. Utah State also has a porous defense and no record of success against Power Five conference teams, which should delight the Spartans. Friday night openers can be tricky, and the Aggies come in with no pressure and the ability to score. It might take a quarter or two, but Michigan State’s offense eventually will roll, with LJ Scott running for about 175 yards. Michigan State, 41-20