Central Michigan vs Michigan State: 5 bold predictions

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Air Force Falcons quarterback Karson Roberts (16) has pass hurried by Michigan State Spartans defensive lineman Malik McDowell (4) during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

3. Defense racks up seven sacks

Michigan State’s pass rush has been exciting to watch this season. The defensive line and linebackers are no doubt the strength of the defense and have been wreaking havoc on opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks every week.

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The Spartans rank eighth in the nation in team sacks, averaging 3.67 per game.

What’s even worse (or better?): the Chips rank 111th in the nation in sacks allowed. Quarterback Cooper Rush has already been sacked nine times this season, and that includes a game against Monmouth.

The Spartans will also have a fresh Riley Bullough in the second half, as he is suspended for the first half after being flagged for targeting late in the game against Air Force. Shane Jones will be filling in to start the game.

Michigan State has one of the best defensive lines in the country with guys like Lawrence Thomas, Malik McDowell, Joel Heath and Shilique Calhoun posing a daunting presence for the Spartans’ opponents throughout the rest of the year.

With one of the worst pass-protecting offensive lines this year, the Chippewas won’t have the easiest time trying to slow down quite possibly the most talented defensive line in the nation.

Next: 2. Spartans will not break 40 points