Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
September 7, Noon EDT, ESPN2/ESPNU
Let's face it: Michigan State was completely unimpressive on offense in Week 1 against Western Michigan. The Spartans offense was so bad, in fact, that the MSU defense outscored their own offense.
Sure, MSU has fielded one of the nation's top defenses over the past few seasons. But the fall of Sparty from a Big Ten title contender to a middle-of-the-road, 7-6 team last season is all about the team's inability to score points on offense. So far, it doesn't look like 2013 will be much different from 2012 in that regard.
All that being said, South Florida will head into East Lansing with an 0-1 record after getting absolutely demolished by FCS McNeese State. Yes, demolished. As in 53-21. That tells us that USF's defense is so incredibly bad, an FCS team that was 7-4 a year ago can eclipse 50 points in 60 minutes of football.
South Florida is so bad on defense, the Bulls can make any team look like it's fielding a prolific, point-a-minute offensive attack. If an FCS team can hang 53 on the Bulls, Michigan State should certainly be able to hold serve.
That raises another concern: the Spartans should look great on offense this Saturday. That could easily lull MSU into a false sense of security about its offense. What's more, Week 3 features Youngstown State coming to East Lansing before the Spartans head to Notre Dame in Week 4.
Realistically there won't be a lot of time to truly judge the offense before the trip to South Bend. Even if the Spartans win this weekend (which they should, easily), they risk falling into a much more insidious trap: complacency.
Trust us, what ails the MSU offense can't be fixed in one week. With the anemic performance we saw last Saturday, it may take an entire recruiting class or two to fix.
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