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This is easier when I don't throw three interceptions!
Theme Song: "Flying High Again"
The Spartans may not have a win over a BCS conference opponent officially, but the win over Boise State looks like one of the best the conference will get in 2012. The Spartans backed up that dominant defensive performance with another one to blow out Central Michigan on Saturday, setting up another huge weekend against Notre Dame. The Spartans are flying high at the top of the power rankings and hoping the Irish don't knock them off this lofty perch.
A week after relying pretty much exclusively on running back Le'Veon Bell to get the job done with 44 carries, he shared the load more in the second game. Bell only rushed 18 times for 70 yards, but Larry Caper added 66 more to put the Spartans at a respectable rushing total. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell recovered nicely from a three-interception performance against Boise State to throw for 275 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. This looked like Michigan State of a year ago, which is a great sign despite the weaker competition.
Michigan State remains ridiculous on defense, and there still has not been an offensive touchdown against the Spartans so far in 2012. Only two interception returns for touchdowns have crossed the goal line, so the defense is keeping the intensity level high for the entire 60 minutes. William Gholston was an absolute beast on the defensive front, playing a big role in stopping all three of Central Michigan's fourth down attempts.
Michigan State is the last great hope for BCS glory in 2012, assuming Northwestern and the other 2-0 teams will struggle in conference play. A loss to Notre Dame this weekend would all but crush the conference, with only the ineligible Buckeyes left undefeated among the top conference powers. Purdue laid a nice game plan for stopping Notre Dame out there this week, and one can expect the Spartans to convert on that plan to a 3-0 start.
But as this week proved, just when you are flying high...the sky could fall on you. Beware Spartans, it could happen this week!
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