MSU vs. Penn State Scouting Report and Prediction:

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The Spartans come into the game at Spartan Stadium off  their best week of practice under Dantonio. The Spartans have some unfinished business, and putting a beat down on the Lions is a nice way to take care of it.

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The Spartans have shown their fans and the pundits that this team is not the old Spartans and they are ready to take care of the task at hand.

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The Spartans on Offense:
Brian Hoyer, after the first possession last week in Purdue, was perfect; literally and figuratively. He corrected his habit of locking on receivers and continued his brilliance when it came to protecting the football. If Hoyer plays as good as last week (unfair to expect anyone to be perfect) this game has no doubt about it. The issue, however, is that no one can be perfect all the time.Â

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The Lions are going to bet that Hoyer can’t continue his play and they will do as Purdue did. The Lions have a very good defense and they will simply load the box as the Boilers did and force Hoyer to beat them. The Lions will not come out with 8 in the box to start. They have a very good defense and will want to see if they can stop the Spartan running attack without the extra manpower. The Lions have been susceptible to the play action when teams focus on the run and no doubt Coach Tread is well aware of that.

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I look for MSU to keep them off balance and with this being Hoyer’s 13th start, he is essentially not a rookie anymore. You saw that maturity last week and I think it continues again this week.

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Hoyer won’t be perfect, but he will be darn good and the Spartans will get their points.

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The Spartans on Defense:
This is the battle that intrigues me the most. The Lions are not blessed with a great QB. He is adequate, but if the Spartans get pressure on him he will make mistakes. The Spartans must blitz and pressure him. The DB’s will be O.K. if the front seven can get pressure. Greg Jones will need to be huge. The youngster will terrorize the Lions with his speed because they like to move things outside. Jones is a special talent and they may overlook him.

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Prediction:
The Spartans will take care of business and punch their ticket to the Motor City Bowl on Saturday. Hoyer will impress and the Spartans will be very balanced.  Look for a slugfest, but MSU will pull away in the fourth quarter. A rabid home crowd will be jacked for an ending to a season that they are not used to. Make it MSU 24 and the Lions 13!