Furman Paladins (0-0) at Michigan State Spartans (0-0)
|Date & Time||Friday September 2, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Michigan State Spartans -42.5 -- Over/Under:
The Furman Paladins and Michigan State Spartans open the season Friday night at Spartan Stadium on the BTN.
The Furman Paladins could use a monster road victory after winning a combined seven games the last two years. Reese Hannon returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,400 yards and six touchdowns. Andrej Suttles and Logan McCarter return at wide receiver after combining for more than 900 yards and four touchdowns while Antonio Wilcox had 17 receptions. The Furman Paladins ground game averaged 118 yards per contest last season and Wilcox returns after racking up 375 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Furman allowed 28.9 points and 404 yards per game. Carl Rider returns after 105 tackles, Brad Minter had 2.5 sacks and Trey Robinson had four interceptions.
The Michigan State Spartans look for another great season after winning double-digit games the last three years. Tyler O'Connor takes over at quarterback after throwing for 133 yards and two touchdowns. R.J. Shelton and Josiah Price return at wide receiver after combining for more than 700 yards and 10 touchdowns while Jamal Lyles had eight receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game averaged 151 yards per contest last season and LJ Scott returns after racking up 699 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State allowed 21.7 points and 349 yards per game. Riley Bullough returns after 106 tackles, Demetrius Cooper had five sacks and Montae Nicholson had three interceptions.
Michigan State isn't really the type of team to blow clubs out, as it focuses on running the ball and playing defense. MSU didn't have a lot of blowouts last year and that was with an experienced quarterback. Meanwhile, Furman beat UCF on the road last season and held Virginia Tech to just 14 first half points. Furman can hang around for a bit.
The Paladins and the points seems like a decent play.