Detroit News predictions: MSU vs. Furman

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Malik McDowell, DT, 6-5, 276: Strong and athletic, McDowell proved he is versatile and can play anywhere on the defensive line. He left MSU with eligibility left and will have to prove that he’s not injury prone.  PROJECTION: 1.

Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, Bob Wojnowski and John Niyo predict the outcome of Friday's Michigan State-Furman game.

Matt Charboneau: Michigan State is breaking in plenty of new faces on offense, which makes Furman a perfect matchup for the opener. The Paladins return 16 starters but were 4-7 last season. Michigan State will do well not to look ahead to its matchup against Notre Dame in a couple weeks and it has an outstanding defense to lean on. Expect some hiccups offensively, but overall, the opener shouldn’t put the Spartans to much of a test. Michigan State 41-10

Angelique S. Chengelis: The Spartans will brush off the rust and flex their collective muscles without overexertion and dust off Furman while collecting valuable film to study in preparation for Notre Dame. Michigan State 38-3

Bob Wojnowski: These matchups against FCS teams are going away, thankfully, and it’s hard to see this one being competitive. Furman was 4-7 last season and is 2-25 overall against FBS opponents. The Paladins have an experienced defense to throw at new Spartans starting QB Tyler O’Connor, and that could make it interesting for a short while. But Michigan State’s defense will control the game. Michigan State 44-10

John Niyo: Furman is no stranger to FBS football, but the Paladins are no threat to FBS opponents, either. So this is a chance for Michigan State’s run game — and that revamped offensive line — to work out some kinks. Michigan State 45-13

MSU vs. Furman preview: No looking ahead to Irish