Michigan State vs Western Michigan: 5 things to watch for

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Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) celebrates a touchdown during the game against the Baylor Bears in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

1. Connor Cook Heisman watch

Last, but certainly not least, Connor Cook’s Heisman watch will be in full effect on Friday night in Kalamazoo. Will the senior quarterback live up to the billing and become a serious Heisman candidate or will he fold under pressure?

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Playing Western Michigan, and playing well, won’t exactly raise any eyebrows, but as long as he doesn’t falter, expect people to be on the Cook Heisman campaign trail at least through the Oregon game.

Heck, it won’t stop there as the Ducks’ defense was mediocre last season and Cook picked it apart then, too.

Cook should have no problem finding open guys all game long and taking advantage of a weaker secondary, but if the Spartans are up by a wide enough margin at halftime, it’s possible Dantonio would take him out and let Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry finish the game.

Michigan State has never had a Heisman winner and the last true candidate was Kirk Cousins a few years back, but his team wasn’t successful enough to really give him a chance to bring home the coveted trophy.

On the other hand, Cook’s 2015 squad might be the best in Mark Dantonio’s tenure and he could have a much better chance to win the award.

Keep an eye on Cook’s performance tonight.

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