Boise State vs. Michigan State: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IAugust 28, 2012

TMAPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Tight end Drew Stevens #48 of the  Michigan State Spartans celebrates a 33 - 30 triple overtime victory against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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For the first time in history, Boise State and Michigan State are going to clash on the football field in what should be one of, if not the best matchup of the opening games. 

These two teams are coming off of great seasons where they both won their bowl games and combined to win 23 games. 

Both of them have plenty of key players to replace, including great quarterbacks, but their is enough talent left that both are ranked in the top 25—Michigan State at 13 and Boise State at 24. 

Here is everything you need to know about this dynamic matchup. 


Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing Michigan 

When: Friday, August 31 at 8 p.m.

Watch: ESPN

Listen: Broncos radio networkSpartans radio network

Betting Line: Michigan State -7 (according to Bovada on August 28)


Key Storyline: New QBs

Both of these schools are in the process of replacing two of the best QBs their schools have ever seen. This is never an easy task, and both schools will try to do so with fourth-year juniors.

Joe Southwick takes over signal-calling duties for the Broncos and Andrew Maxwell will do so for the Spartans.

Both of these guys have the talent to not be overwhelmed by the giant shadow cast by the QBs they are replacing, but both are greatly untested. Southwick has thrown just 54 career passes and Maxwell 51. 


Who Might Not Play for Boise State? 

*Injury information according to the USA Today.

Geraldo Boldewijn, WR, is out while serving a suspension. 


Who Might Not Play for Michigan State? 

*Injury information according to the USA Today.

Blake Treadwell, OL, is out with a fractured tibia. 


Top-25 Implications

Well, as it has been for Boise State since 2009, if they want to have any shot at making the national championship game, they have to win their opening game, which is scheduled against a tough non-conference opponent. This is the only team on their schedule that is currently ranked.

The game does not carry as much weight for Michigan State. They will have ample opportunities to impress voters following this matchup. 


What They're Saying? 

Speaking of the new QB behind the MSU wheel, MLive's Diamond Leung provided this look into Maxwell's head. 

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio spoke with quarterback Andrew Maxwell earlier Monday and told him to be himself.

That is, the usually calm, cool, Andrew Maxwell rather than the one that might be too hyped up for his first career start in the season opener Friday against Boise State.

Maxwell, the fourth-year junior, seemed to get the message.

"You want to come out excited, but you don't want to come out too excited where your mind's racing a million miles an hour and then you're making uncharacteristic mental mistakes or you're a little too amped up so your throws aren't as on point," he said.

"I just think that the calm that I have about me right now shows that I'm ready. I'm really not overly anxious. I'm really not overly nervous. This is what you prepare for."


Boise State Player to Watch: Matt Miller, WR

We've already talked about the two new QBs, and let's face it, all eyes will be on those guys, but they could use some help from some of the veteran playmakers around them.

Wide receiver Matt Miller can make Southwick's job infinitely easier if he has a big game. He knows how to excel in this offense, as he is coming off a season where he had 62 catches, 679 yards and nine touchdowns. 

He will be looking to improve on those impressive totals this season. 


Michigan State Player to Watch: Le'Veon Bell, RB

Maxwell is going to have the luxury of sharing the backfield with an accomplished back.

Le'Veon Bell returns to this Spartan offense after a season where he ran for 987 yards and 13 touchdowns. 

He will get the ball early and often in this game. 


Key Matchup: Le'Veon Bell vs. Boise State's Rush Defense

Boise State can't let Michigan State consistently pump out positive yards on the ground. It will make Maxwell's job way too easy and the Spartans will be able to control the clock. 

The Broncos have to give their offense a chance to get in a rhythm, and they won't be able to do that if Bell is grinding out production at five yards a carry. 

The Broncos lost a lot of talent from last year's defense. This is going to be a tough task for them in their first game. 


Prediction: Boise State 31, Michigan State 27

This is going to be an exciting opening game. I have Boise State edging this one out because of my belief in their offensive system. It breeds production. 

While the Broncos have to replace a lot of talent, they are doing so with players that know their system. 


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