November 17, 2012; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) and fullback Trevon Pendleton (37) celebrate a touchdown during the 1st half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

3 Things to Watch for Michigan State against Western Michigan

Kickoff is right around the corner. Spartan Stadium should be rocking, the players are strapping on their pads and helmets, and the vendors are making their ways through the stands. A new season is upon us and with that it brings questions. Will Maxwell improve on his 2012 campaign? Will Maxwell even finish the year as the starting quarterback? Will the receivers catch the ball? Who replaces Le’Veon? As the first game is basically upon us, I’ll give you 3 things to keep an eye on.

1. The new tailback tandem of Langford and Bullough

Jeremy Langford had a great off season and fall camp and catapulted himself and grabbed the starting job and is looking to run with it. Bullough on the other hand, made the switch in the offseason from linebacker to running back and made an instant impact during the spring game. Look for Bullough to get most of his touches in 2nd and short or 3rd and short and possible goal line situations.

2. The new crop of tight ends

Dion Sims will no longer be the safety net for Maxwell this season. Andrew Gleichert is coming off an injury plagued 2012 season and will be looking to make an impact. Paul Lang and Josiah Price will also see plenty of time this season.

3. Andrew Maxwell

Maxwell needs to have a great game tonight. He needs to stand tall in the pocket and let the offense develop. Maxwell does have strong arm, but the receivers need to help him out. If Maxwell struggles, look for Dantonio to put in Connor Cook with little hesitation.

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