NCAAF Game Preview - Western Michigan at Michigan State
Sat Sep 7, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
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SD
14
Okla
70
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Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
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Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
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UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
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Cal
20
Wash
19
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Buff
13
PSU
45
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Nev
6
Oreg
77
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0
Wisc
61
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UCF
48
FlAtl
14
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WestMI
17
MSU
51
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Rut
0
Iowa
30
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Syr
20
MD
63
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NoCol
17
WaSt
59
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Stan
20
USC
45
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Marsh
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Boise
14
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Neb
31
Colo
34
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Wake
41
Rice
21
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W&M
17
UVA
52
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SacSt
7
AzSt
19
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Ohio
10
Pitt
20
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(N/A)
23
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26
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WVU
7
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38
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24
Mem
55
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BGSU
0
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52
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OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
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SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
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SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
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E Il
0
Ind
52
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Ill
31
UConn
23
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Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
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13
ColSt
38
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UTSA
14
Bayl
63
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SDSU
23
UCLA
14
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ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
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GWebb
9
ECU
48
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NCAT
13
Duke
45
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Furm
42
GASt
48
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Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
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37
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NorTx
27
SMU
49
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McNee
14
OkSt
56
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TnSt
26
MidTN
45
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CoCar
12
Kans
7
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BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
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W Ky
20
FLInt
14
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Stony
7
UtSt
62
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Ark
17
Miss
31
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Lib
14
ULLaf
35
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E Mi
17
KY
38
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UTEP
3
TxTch
38
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PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F
W. Michigan-Michigan St. Preview
Fri Sep 6, 2019 3:01 AM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Mark Dantonio made it clear this week that No. 19 Michigan State needs to approach this next game with a sense of urgency.

"I think our guys will have motivation this week," the Spartans' coach said. "What do you think?"

Dantonio could smile as he said that on Tuesday, because he'd spent much of his news conference voicing his dissatisfaction with last week's season-opening performance against Tulsa. The Spartans won that game 28-7, but they didn't exactly take full advantage of their opportunities. Dantonio wants to see improvement when Michigan State hosts Western Michigan on Saturday night.

The Spartans (1-0) lived up to expectations on defense in their opener, holding Tulsa to minus-73 yards rushing. That was the lowest total for an FBS team since Mississippi State held Florida to minus-78 in 2000. Michigan State also blocked a punt and forced three turnovers, so the final score could have been a lot more lopsided.

It was the offense that held the Spartans back last season, so it's understandable that Dantonio is running low on patience with that group. But Michigan State still won the game comfortably, which is an indication of how dominant the defense can be.

"They present a lot of problems, and everyone's trying to solve them," WMU coach Tim Lester said. "It'll be a great challenge."

WMU (1-0) beat Monmouth 48-13 in its opening game. The Broncos play Michigan State regularly, and they've been reasonably competitive recently, losing by 13 in 2013 and 2015 and by 14 in 2017. The school's last win in the series, however, was in 1919.

It's not unusual for the Spartans to win ugly early in the season, and Dantonio did make sure to acknowledge the stout defensive showing. He'll hope for a more complete performance this weekend.

"We're 1-0. There are a lot of people out there that are 0-1," Dantonio said. "A lot of people wish they could have played poorly a little bit and still won. That's the message, as well. We won the football game, and we won the football game decidedly, I felt. But you're chasing perfection, and you're always trying to get better."

More things to watch when the Spartans host the Broncos:

RECORD

Dantonio needs one win to tie Duffy Daugherty's school record of 109. He can also tie Daugherty for 13th on the Big Ten's career list.

BIG PLAYS

Keith Mixon had kickoff returns of 52, 26 and 65 yards for WMU in its opener. The Broncos may need plays like that on special teams if they're going to pull off the upset.

PENALTIES

WMU had eight penalties for 74 yards against Monmouth. Michigan State was even worse, committing 14 for 122 yards against Tulsa.

"We've obviously got to be much more productive this week," said Brad Salem, who was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Spartans in the offseason. "Growth has to occur every week in the game of football."

HEALTHY

One big bright spot for Michigan State last week was the play of Kenny Willekes, who was back after breaking his leg in the Redbox Bowl last season. Willekes recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown.

"It's really hard to point to anybody on defense who did not play well," Dantonio said. "They all graded at winning level."

PRODUCTIVE

WMU quarterback Jon Wassink matched his career high with five touchdown passes in the opener. This next game will obviously be a tougher test.

Wassink threw for only 79 yards when he faced Michigan State two years ago. The Broncos did not score an offensive touchdown in that game.

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