Monday, January 02, 2012

Thoughts at halftime Michigan State, Georgia

- Awful first half by the Spartans. In a very important game for their program, they have not been prepared well for this game. That's on MSU coach Mark Dantonio. The play calling has lacked imagination. Defensively and on special teams, Spartans are allowing big plays.

- Another example why the Spartans aren't ready for prime time? Sure seems like it. These SEC schools are just rolling them. This isn't that much different than Alabama in the last bowl game.

- The Spartans were fortunate they were only down 9-0 late in the first half when all you-know-what broke loose on Brandon Boykin's 92-yard punt return for a touchdown.

- How can a prepared football team begin the game with a safety like that?

- The Spartans did some good things defensively, but the two big pass plays from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King were alarming, particularly the 80-yard one that went for a touchdown.

- Little mistakes. Penalties. Dropped pass. Those things are hindering the offense. The biggest thing, though, has been the blocking. Georgia's defensive line owned MSU's offensive line in the first half.

- This is a good test for Kirk Cousins. The Spartans can only win this game if they open up and start throwing the ball on first down. That puts the game on Cousins' shoulders. MSU's offensive play-calling to this point has been far too conservative.


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