At first glance, last Friday’s victory over Youngstown State appears to be a solid opening win for the Michigan State Spartans. Kirk Cousins threw for 222 yards and a touchdown, the defense gave up only six points and B.J. Cunningham had a record-setting evening. The Spartans cruised to a 28-6 win at home to began the season.
Unfortunately for a Spartan team with aspirations of a second consecutive Big Ten Championship, last week’s win was anything but solid. The Spartans looked lackadaisical in the first half, possibly needing 30 minutes to shake out the offseason cobwebs. They had only two plays of 20-plus yards the entire game and only forced one turnover.
Going into their game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, the Spartans have a multitude of issues they need to focus on in order to avoid a pattern of inconsistency to start the 2011 campaign. Here are five to get Michigan State started.