Michigan State Football: 5 takeaways from Central Michigan win

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Sep 26, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Darien Harris (45) tackles Central Michigan Chippewas tight end Ben McCord (89) during the 1st quarter of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Michigan State football team is being dubbed one of the most talented in Mark Dantonio’s tenure as head coach, but it’s odd to think we have yet to see them reach their full potential on the field yet this season.

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Each week, we post expectations for the game ahead and which players we feel will break out, but constantly, these guys fail to live up to them. It’s early in the year, injuries are starting to become an issue and these guys have really yet to gel as a unit, so we will eventually see the Spartans live up to their No. 2 ranking, but week four’s win over Central Michigan was far from satisfying.

Central Michigan is hardly a pushover and the Chippewas happened to be the fourth non-conference team the Spartans have faced this year that had made a bowl appearance a season ago. Not many Power Five schools can say that all of their non-conference matchups were against bowl teams from 2014.

Heading into Big Ten play with a 4-0 record sure seems like a blessing right now as the Spartans seem to be limping there. Guys like Josiah Price, R.J. Williamson and Jack Conklin all went down with injuries against the Chips and their statuses are unknown for Saturday’s game against Purdue.

This is the most crucial time of the year when we really find out how good this team can be as we cruise into Big Ten action with five takeaways from the Spartans’ final non-conference game against Central.

What did we learn last Saturday?

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