5 Big Predictions, Offense - #5, Scoring Lots Of Points

5 Big Predictions, Offense - #5, Scoring Lots Of Points

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5 Big Predictions, Offense - #5, Scoring Lots Of Points

The Spartans are ready to be far more offensive towards their opponents in 2018.  This means that the Spartans will score many more points than they scored in 2017.

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Any Spartan capable of breathing knows how significant and truly meaningful last season’s 10-3 final record was.

Any Spartan with the ability to count and read and speak (either verbally or via sign language) and do things knows how massively important last season’s victory over UMAA was.

Any Spartan that can walk (or travel via wheelchair) and chew gum at the same time knows how indescribably important beating Penn State was and how positively monumental destroying Washington State in the Holiday Bowl was.

However, any Spartan who is capable of seeing that last season’s 10-3 season wasn’t perfect is also capable of seeing that the offense won’t ever be confused with the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers that averaged 53 points per game.

Michigan State managed to win ten games while averaging a rather pedestrian 24.5 points per game.

That was good for a rather less-than-pedestrian 10th place in the Big Ten in the category of Scoring Offense.

The offense’s inability to be prolific speaks to the strength of the Spartans’ defense.

In 2018, it says right here at SpartansWire that the offense is going to make dramatic improvements in every phase of the game.

For starters, Brian Lewerke is going from first-year starter to, as we have said here at SpartansWire, being a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate before the season reaches November.

The fact that Lewerke has a receiving corps that features Felton Davis, Cody White, Cam Chambers, Darrell Stewart, Laress Nelson, and a host of studs ready to step in and contribute immediately increases the chances of more scoring.  

These guys are very good at catching passes, running with the ball after they’ve caught passes, and evading would-be tacklers.

They have a full season of success under their belts and there will be even greater chemistry between Lewerke and each one of these guys.

And the offensive line that played a huge part in allowing Michigan State to possess the football in every game more than all but two other teams in all of college football is going to be better, stronger, faster, and even more successful in paving the way for LJ Scott and Connor Heyward while also providing even greater protection Brian Lewerke.

How about Spartan field goal kicker Matt Coghlin?

 

It’s easy to look past Special Teams when assessing the overall potential of an offense (if you have a small and underperforming brain, that is).

Every Spartan capable of drinking one of those red party cups full of Budweiser beer in less than 30 seconds knows that Matt Coghlin drilled the game winner against Penn State in last year’s hilariously awesome 14-hour game at Spartan Stadium.

But, as a freshman, the redheaded kid “only” converted in 15 of the 19 field goals he attempted.

Coghlin’s performance led to Michigan State finishing a meager 8th place in Big Ten field goal percentage at 78.9%.

With a full season under his belt, it says here that Coghlin won’t bounce any kicks off the uprights this season and he’ll up that field goal percentage to somewhere above 85%.

Does it stand to reason that Michigan State will improve in the area of kickoff returns after finishing the 2017 season with zero touchdowns on kickoffs and a paltry 21 yards per return (7th in the Big Ten)?

I think it does stand to reason.

Does it stand to reason that with a more experienced quarterback, a bevy of very dangerous receivers, a very good offensive line, a strong running game, and a kicking game that should be even better than it was last year that the Spartans’ Red Zone offense will improve on last season’s 82.4%, 9th place finish in the Big Ten?

I think it does stand to reason.

Here are the predictions:

Michigan State will average more than 30 points per game in 2018.

Michigan State will, once again, possess the football for insulting amounts of time and the team will, once again, be in the nation’s top five in this category.

Michigan State will convert on at least 85% of the field goals that are attempted by the Spartans.

And Michigan State will score points when in the Red Zone more than 87%.

In summation, the easiest way to comprehend the point being made here is that Michigan State is going to score many points this coming season.  More points than the Spartans scored last season.

The substantial amount of points that the Spartans will score will enable the Spartans to win a lot of games this coming season.

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