2. The offense accounts for 250 rushing yards
Rushing for just 127 yards on 4.1 yards per carry against Central Michigan just isn’t going to cut it. Everyone and their brother was expecting Michigan State to dominate the trenches and rack up the rushing yards against the Chippewas, but that just didn’t happen.
Nathan Carter was impressive with 113 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while Jalen Berger had just 24 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Not having Jaren Mangham hurt the Spartans in short-yard situations but hopefully he’ll be back for the Richmond game to aid the run game.
The offensive line will wake up in Week 2 and assert its dominance against Richmond en route to 250-plus rushing yards.
Michigan State will more than double its production on the ground from the opener and we’ll see Mel Tucker and Jay Johnson rely heavily on the run in Week 2 — as they should. This team should be able to run at will against Richmond and we’re going to see some classic Spartan football.
The Spartans will account for over 250 rushing yards while averaging over 5.0 per carry.