'18 Schedule - Second Four Games

'18 Schedule - Second Four Games

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'18 Schedule - Second Four Games

After taking a look at how the first four games of the 2018 season will shake out for Mark Dantonio’s Spartans, here’s a look at the October phase of the season…

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Before breaking down each of October’s games for the Spartans, here’s a link to the preview of the first four games taking place throughout September that we published recently –

https://spartanswire.com/2018/05/21/18-schedule-first-four-games/

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th – vs NORTHWESTERN

We all know it – when Pope Francis’s time comes, the white smoke that eventually appears from the chimney of The Sistene Chapel will symbolize that Pat Fitzgerald will be resigning from his post as Northwestern’s head football coach in order to become the supreme leader of the Catholic Church since Fitzgerald is without flaw, has moral superiority that measures up to Meryl Streep and Thomas L. Friedman, and hasn’t won multiple national championships merely due to his adherence to the convictions and standards of NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY.

Having said that, the loss of Northwestern stud quarterback Clayton Thorson to a bad knee injury in the Music City Bowl isn’t going to help Fitzgerald’s humble aims for the papacy.

Thorson might have been the best quarterback in the nation that nobody knew about (except for Spartans who know exactly how good he is) and, don’t laugh, he was ready to go to the NFL if that’s what he might have wanted.  Unfortunately for him and the Wildcats, the injury was bad enough that he might not be at full strength for the season.

Even if Thorson manages to come back thanks to Fitzgerald’s…..thoughts and prayers……the Wildcats lose almost everyone from a secondary that was already lousy (as Brian Lewerke knows).

And while Northwestern’s strength will be in the defensive front, it says here that by the time the Wildcats come to East Lansing, Mark Staten’s offensive line will be gelled and LJ Scott will be bettering the 100-yard mark every week.

Even at full strength, Thorson won’t duplicate last year’s performance as the Spartans’ return of the “No Fly Zone” combined with the Green & White ground game and Brian Lewerke’s options through the air, Michigan State makes up for last season’s triple overtime loss at Evanston.

Northwestern – 23

Michigan State – 34

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th – at PENN STATE

If Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson is Annabella Sciorra (Gloria Trillo-era Sciorra)…

…then Trace McSorley is Olivia Wilde.

And let’s look past the fact that Happy Valley will always carry the torch when it comes to the standard for what we’ll just refer to here as “dysfunctional operational infrastructure of an athletic department” – playing at Beaver Stadium in what is going to be a massively important football game for the 2018 Spartans is going to be like trying to play a game of chess on the deck of a ship harbored in the Thames Estuary in September of 1940.

McSorley will be the best quarterback Michigan State will face throughout all of the regular season.

And unlike the chaps that McSorley is compared to, he’s smart beyond just knowing that it’s stupid to grab your crotch “at” an opponent during play.

But gone are Saquon Barkley, stud wide receiver DaeShean Hamilton, and tight end Mike Gesicki.  Penn State’s cupboard won’t ever be bare but the loss of these three stars limits McSorley’s options.

Penn State’s pass protection last season wasn’t great – and McSorley’s ability to improvise certainly mitigates this – and there is reason to believe that Michigan State’s deep and talented front (along with strategic blitzing from the Spartans’ strong linebacking corps) can, at the very least, disrupt McSorley in ways that other teams just won’t be able to.

Penn State has to replace eight starters on defense.

The Nittany Lions’ secondary was like swiss cheese for Lewerke last season – and it’ll be like a moldy, flimsy, gross, really old and wet/soppy piece of swiss cheese that you actually take off of the sandwich since it’s so porous, tasteless, and detrimental to the experience of eating the sandwich.

Even though Penn State’s defensive front will be more like a nice slice of muenster, the Spartan line will be firing on all cylinders by the time this game arrives and Michigan State will be able to move the ball on the ground with power.

It won’t be easy and the place will be going bananas all game – but Michigan State benefits from the experience and maturity of its own star quarterback along with the defense that will come up with the necessary stops and plays to get out of Happy Valley with a perfect season in tact.

Michigan State – 30

Penn State – 26

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th – vs UMAA

If Pat Fitzgerald is being pumped and primed to be the next pope, what the hell is this guy being primed for?

Next Galactic Supreme Leader?

Earth’s Representative For Inaugural Milky Way Summit Featuring All Planetary & Universal Living Species?

Next White House Press Secretary?

UMAA’s J. Ira and Nikki Family Head Football Coach is well positioned to take on any of the aforementioned roles and it’s going to be exciting to see what path He chooses.

However, before He gets serious about that part of His career, He will have to lead His football team to His program’s non-rival in East Lansing for a football game on October 20th at Spartan Stadium.

Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson has been granted the eligibility he and UMAA sought and that’s good for UMAA.

However, is it fair for anyone to ask a simple question: how is SHEA PATTERSON going to magically and immediately improve a passing game that finished the 2017 season ranked 115th in the nation?

UMAA’s defense is going to be very good this season, again.

But, for as “great” as the 2017 UMAA defense was – and, it seems as if any time I turn on a computer machine, I’m immediately hit with a story about how incredible UMAA’s defense was in 2017 and how amazing and powerful it’s going to be in 2018 – UMAA still managed to go 1-5 last season against teams with a pulse.

Michigan State has a pulse.

And the Michigan State defense is going to be more powerful, faster, tougher, and just plain better than the UMAA defense in 2018.

And on this day, October 20th?

If anyone can tell me how UMAA is going to move the ball in any way against this Spartan defense, I’m all ears.

Enough said about this game for now.

Except for saying this:

Lots of people have it better than you.

Like, for instance, us.

This should forever be leveraged, Spartans –

While it’ll be blasted over all media platforms from here to Monjubi that UMAA’s Ira J. and Nikki Harris Family Head Coach will be 1-3 against UMAA’s non-rival, the real stat that will not be touted as much as it will be deserved to be touted will be the following record: 9-3.

UMAA – 10

Michigan State – 26

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th – vs PURDUE

I know.

This is the game that experts will say is so dangerous due to hangovers and so forth.

As The Captain of Clarendon Hills correctly says, Jeff Brohm has Purdue rising like a vampire.

The Boilers have a nice thing going and must not be overlooked.

Maybe even some Purdue people will notice that Purdue plays football again.

Purdue’s defense will need to be rebuilt in 2018 after losing seven of the unit’s top tacklers.

Two starters from a secondary that finished second-to-last in pass defense in the Big Ten are gone – Lewerke and his fleet of receivers will pick this bunch apart to go along with a strong rushing attack against an average defensive front.

Brohm doesn’t have the weapons on offense to threaten Michigan State’s defense.

Purdue might stick around since the Spartans are human and will have just finished a stretch of three games that will have been emotionally charged, to say the least.

But Purdue’s World Largest Drum will be the bright spot for the Boilers on this day.

Purdue – 20

Michigan State – 33

Michigan State will wrap up October unbeaten and in the nation’s Top 5 with all of the marbles starting to come into view….

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