Central Michigan vs Michigan State: 5 storylines to follow

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Aaron Burbridge (16) stands on field prior to a game against Air Force at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State is heading into Saturday’s matchup with Central Michigan still looking for revenge over the loss in 2009 in which the Chips marched into East Lansing, Mich., and came out with a huge road upset over the Spartans, 29-27.

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The last time there was a Central Michigan vs Michigan State contest, however, was 2012 when the Spartans traveled to Mount Pleasant and pounded the Chippewas 41-7 with Andrew Maxwell still leading the offense. It’s crazy to think that 2012 was the last season in which the Spartans finished with less than 10 wins.

When the Chippewas marched into East Lansing six years ago and stole a victory over the Spartans, it was looking like a downward trend for Mark Dantonio’s program, but he has rebounded since and led this team to Rose and Cotton Bowl victories as well as two top-five finishes in the past two years.

Heading into Saturday’s game, both the Spartans and Chippewas have storylines to follow and facets of the game to improve on moving forward.

It’s safe to say that the Spartans aren’t completely content with their week three performance against Air Force in which the run game struggled and the offensive line allowed its first three sacks of the season.

What should we be looking at moving forward? There is plenty to watch for in this game, but what are the top five storylines to follow? Take a look at what we think should be monitored and let us know if you agree in the comment section below.

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