50 Days Until Kickoff...

50 Days Until Kickoff...

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50 Days Until Kickoff...

@MSU_Football continues to count us down to kickoff.  The season opener against Utah State is only fifty days away….

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With a mere fifty days to go until the 2018 Spartans begin their quest for a fourth Big Ten Championship during the Mark Dantonio Era – and more – our pals at @MSU_Football present us all with yet another terrific offering below.

Celebrated on the fifty-day mark is the 500-yards per game output during the 2014 season.

Following the 2013 Big Ten Championship season that featured never-to-be-forgotten victories over UMAA in October, Ohio State in the conference title game, and Stanford in the Rose Bowl, the ’14 Spartans needed to prove that the whole thing wasn’t a one-shot deal and that the program was only getting started.

Aside from needing to recapture the intangible magic of the previous season, the 2014 Spartans would have to figure things out without nine players who were no longer around.

When State kicked off the ’14 season against Jacksonville State, Darqueze Dennard, Denicos Allen, Isaiah Lewis, Dan France, Bennie Fowler, Max Bullough, Tyler Hoover, Micajah Reynolds, and Fou Fonoti all were wearing NFL uniforms.

And in 2014, there were Spartans who might not have made it to the NFL but who were massive contributors to the Rose Bowl Championship who were also gone like Denzel Drone, Nick Hill, Jarius Jones, Blake Treadwell, and none other than Rose Bowl hero Kyler Elsworth.

But the train kept on cranking and cruising in 2014 thanks in large part to an offense that was simply prolific.

Connor Cook was still very much around and he led a balanced attack that managed to rack up an impressive 500 yards per game.

Jeremy Langford ran roughshod over everything in sight.

Aaron Burbridge established himself as a star.

Macgarrett Kings was a deadly weapon.

Tony Lippett was named the Big Ten’s wide receiver of the year before going on to be a star cornerback for the Miami Dolphins.

The Spartans were loaded in 2014.

How about an average of 235 yards on the ground and 265 yards through the air from game to game?

How about an average score of 43-21?

How about averaging an edge in time of possession of 35:21 to 24:39?

How about only giving up 11 sacks all season for a total of 53 yards?

How about registering 42 sacks for a total of 308 yards over the entire season?

How about scoring on 87% of all red zone opportunities (59 out of 68)?

How about Spartan Stadium averaging 74,681 fans for the seven home games in 2014?

And how about the amazing comeback win over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day, 2015?

The 2014 Spartans didn’t win the Big Ten Championship and fell short in the early-season duel against Oregon and the home clash for the Big Ten East Division crown against Ohio State.

But, that 2014 Spartan team finished the season with a 11-2 record, good for 5th in the nation in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

And that 500 yards per game average on offense – the fact that the average fell right, smack at the 500 yard mark is pretty nifty.

Fifty days until kickoff for the 2018 Spartans – and it says here that the offense this coming season will surpass the 500 yards per game mark….

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