Central Michigan vs Michigan State: 5 storylines to follow

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Sep 19, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) looks down the offensive line prior to the snap of the ball during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

4. Offensive line improvement

Last week was just an awful performance for the offensive line. Holes were continuously filled by the stacked box and there was absolutely no daylight for these talented running backs to run through. All day long against Air Force, L.J. Scott and Madre London were forced to run into a pile of dust as there were nothing but piles in front of them.

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Guys like Jack Conklin, Brian Allen and Jack Allen didn’t step up when it was needed to take control of the group and kind of lay down what needs to improve — at least not in the huddle.

It almost looked like the offensive line was letting up its intensity level and Connor Cook seemed a bit frustrated as he was also sacked for the first three times of the year. More often than not, the line was forced to help its quarterback up off the ground, and that’s unacceptable for the top offensive line in the country.

Will these guys realize what needs to be done and open holes for the young, inexperienced running backs and keep Connor Cook clean? Let’s hope so because last week was incredibly difficult to watch for any observer.

Next: 3. Will MSU improve its sack total?