2. Payton Thorne completes 80 percent of his passes
Remember when I said Akron’s defense was not good? Well, it’s really not. The Zips gave up over 440 total yards to St. Francis (PA) in the season opener and, well, that’s awful.
The passing defense allowed just under 300 passing yards to St. Francis as well and that has to be music to Payton Thorne’s ears. He just struggled a bit with his accuracy in the opener against Western Michigan and yet he still had four touchdown passes and 233 yards. He only completed 50 percent of his passes and threw a really bad pick as well.
Thorne is going to have a field day against this Akron defense, throwing for around 300 yards but the most important thing will be his accuracy. He’s going to shake off any jitters he had from the opener and he’ll complete over 80 percent of his passes.
Michigan State’s offense will look completely different in the matchup with Akron than it did against Western Michigan and it all starts with Thorne.