State of Michigan State Athletics Podcast Episode XVI

On this edition of the state of Michigan State athletics podcast, Spartan Nation senior writer Jon Schopp and publisher Hondo Carpenter discuss week one of the regular-season.
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It's officially game week. 

The Michigan State Spartans will kickoff its 124th season against Rutgers on Saturday, October 24, at noon. 

MSU is looking to win its 22nd consecutive game opener; a feat that began in 1999 against Oregon is now tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the country.

However, the Spartans enter the game with a new head coach and a competition at the quarterback position. 

Spartan Nation publisher Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr., and Spartan Nation senior writer Jon Schopp discuss what fans need to see in the home opener. 

Schopp believes if MSU wants to be competitive within the Big Ten East, its offensive line needs to see massive improvement. 

While the Spartans had plenty of talented skill position players, Michigan State couldn't stay healthy up-front, which ultimately hurt their ability to perform on offense and effectively move the ball for the last few years. 

On the other hand, MSU returns three starters on defense with a new coordinator, but some familiar faces as well. 

Although, Mel Tucker comes from the Nick Saban coaching tree, as did Mark Dantonio, leading people to believe they won't look much different on that side of the ball. 

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