Michigan State Football: 5 bold predictions for September 2018

Connor Heyward, Jordan Reid and Matt Dotson, Michigan State football (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Connor Heyward, Jordan Reid and Matt Dotson, Michigan State football (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Michigan State football ended the month of August with a tough win against Utah State but take a look at our September bold predictions.

Who would have guessed Utah State would present the kind of tough matchup it did to kick off the 2018 season in East Lansing? Michigan State was able to overcome a late rally by the Aggies in order to start the season 1-0 with a win to end the month of August.

September is officially upon us and this is when football really starts heating up. The Spartans kick off the month of September with a road game against Arizona State which is a cause for concern seeing as the Sun Devils have a potentially potent offense.

Following Arizona State is an early Sept. 15 bye week which could halt some momentum or be a chance to correct silly mistakes.

Indiana will open up Big Ten play on Sept. 22 and then Central Michigan to close out the month.

Here are our five bold predictions for the first full month of the season.

5. Connor Heyward gets a kick return TD

How long has it been since Michigan State had a kick return touchdown? That dates back all the way to November of 2014 when RJ Shelton opened the game against Penn State with a return score. Connor Heyward will end that touchdown-less streak this month.

The Spartans desperately need some added production from the return game and Heyward provides a spark in that regard. He runs hard with the ball and isn’t an easy takedown for defenders, especially on the kickoff team.

We saw just how explosive and exciting Heyward could be with the ball in his hands against Utah State, rushing five times for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

A touchdown 40 percent of the time he touches the ball on offense? Yeah, this kid is going to pack some punch in the return game. I’m going to make the prediction he returns one all the way against Central Michigan.