Michigan St. opens up as 27 point favorites at home against Youngstown St. on Saturday, with the total set at just 39.5 points. In other words, the oddsmakers are looking at a 33-7 victory by the Spartans. Michigan St. head coach Mark Dantonio had this to say about the game at his weekly press conference:
“We’re a 2-0 football team right now. When you look at us defensively, I see a football team that’s playing extremely well on defense, really in every capacity. Pressuring the quarterback, turnovers for touchdowns, which are very unusual I think at that level right now for two games in. You also see a football team playing well down the field, things of that nature. So doing the job on defense,” Dantonio said.
“You look at us offensively, obviously everybody understands or acknowledges that aspect. We got to find our rhythm.”
About Youngstown State:
“I have a great affinity for the City of Youngstown, obviously being there for five years back in the late ’80s. Excellent coaching staff. Mark Mangino is on that staff. I think Joe Tresey is defensive coordinator on the staff, as well. The head coach has been there in place, doing a tremendous job. I think they’re excellent. Shane Montgomery, a former head coach as well.
They play with great effort and great toughness. They have a quarterback that is a three?year starter. They have a couple wide receivers that surround them that are back, retooling their offensive line. Defensively, they have six starters back. They are active on defense and they play hard.
Out of the gate last year, they beat Pitt. 7-4 football team after last year. They started out 4-0. This year they’ve started out very successful.”
About Michigan St.’s offensive problems:
“We worked a number of different quarterbacks. We played three quarterbacks. We’re looking for production, looking for somebody to take and seize the moment there.
I thought our wide receivers played better, although it may not show up statistically because the balls weren’t there for them.
We ran of the ball more effectively. I thought our offensive line played better. I thought the competition level was higher. When you look at South Florida, if you were out there on the field pregame, they’ve got some players.
From that standpoint, everything was positive. But we obviously have to get more production offensively in terms of points. I think that’s our focus in explosive games, as I said earlier.”