Air Force vs Michigan State: 5 takeaways from Spartans’ win

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) call a play in the huddle during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday afternoon’s Air Force vs Michigan State taught us a lot about the Spartans. Although some of the things we learned weren’t exactly favorable, Michigan State did end up impressing enough media members to move up to No. 2 in the latest AP poll.

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There were plenty of facets that were working in the Spartans’ favor this past week against the Falcons, but, at the same time, there was plenty that needed to be worked on. Despite the win, I would say this is Michigan State’s most disappointing performance of the young season thus far — yes, even more disappointing than the win over Western Michigan.

Michigan State improved to 3-0 on the year and is looking to notch its first unbeaten September since 2010 when the Spartans started 8-0 before losing to Iowa and ultimately losing to Alabama in the Capital One Bowl.

It’s hard to believe the Spartans haven’t had an undefeated opening month in five years, but this could be the start of a streak of many.

With a non-conference win over No. 7 Oregon already out of the way, Michigan State must get through Central Michigan if it wants to start 4-0. Realistically, the Spartans could go into Nov. 21’s contest against Ohio State with an unbeaten record, but some of the things we learned in Saturday’s win over Air Force may need to be fixed.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the Air Force game. What needs to be fixed and what should we be content with moving forward?

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