August 31st, 2012 at 11:14 PM ^

chris peterson is gonna have to talk to his defense about effort.. i know they are tired but damn they are not out of the game yet.  get a stop and they have a chance


August 31st, 2012 at 11:24 PM ^

The MSU offense will take time to gel. They may be a completely different team by the time they head to the Big House. This win and a few more games will give Maxwell confidence and time to mature a bit. 

I was especially encouraged by MSU's D, however. While their corners are really good (although BSU's WRs certainly helped make them look that way) Gholston wasn't a factor except in the negative sense. 


August 31st, 2012 at 11:16 PM ^

Man, this is like watching MSU play OSU last year - just a horrible game that MSU somehow manages to squeak out.

And yet still, somehow a narrow win at home over a team ranked 11 spots lower will be spun into an epic victory.

The good news - MSU's offense is piss-poor.  The bad news - so is BSU's offense.  I really wish we were scheduled to play MSU next week.  Maxwell is a huge liability at this point.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:40 PM ^

I was playing halo was a friend and had the game on my laptop, looked down during the game and saw what I thought was Boise converting the 4th and 2 on an option pitch, then when my game ended I saw them going for 4th and 2 again and not getting it. Who called the timeout?


August 31st, 2012 at 11:29 PM ^

They lost 10 of 11 starters on defense, their starting QB and NFL running back.  They'll be back - hell of a coaching job tonight...personally I thought the line was a joke and MSU at home would kill them by 14+.  You shouldnt take a team on the road without any defense back and a first time QB starter and be within a whisker of a "top 10" team.   The Big East is not a good conference for football so they will do fine.  In a conference with bigger players they'd get worn down.  In one game (a  bowl) they can play tricks and finesse out wins.  Undersized at almost every position versus power conferences.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:32 PM ^

BSU will continue to overachieve their talent level as long as they have Coach Pete (he loves Boise), but will continue to be under-manned because they still won't be able to draw talent even close to second-tier teams like MSU.

Like I said before, BSU had all of one 4* player on their entire team during the four years of Kellen Moore's 50-3 record.  By contrast, in 2010 alone, MSU signed four 4* and one 5* players.  With that being said, BSU has made a name for themselves nationally, and if they can return to being a ranked team by the end of the year, they might be able to continue to slowly build the program.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:19 PM ^

So Sparty pluses were LBs and DBs and Bell is as advertised.

Minuses are Maxwell looks terrified, their receivers are horrible, their oline was unimpressive, and their dline couldn't generate any pressure.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:27 PM ^

I disagree about their d-line.  Boise couldn't run the ball at all.  Spartans look one dimensional on offense with Bell and Sims as their only passing threat.  I expect Maxwell to improve but the real test will come for him against Notre Dame.  ND has the talent and coaching on defense to take away Bell and make that team one dimensional.  Sparty's defense will help them contend for the Legends Division.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:30 PM ^

D-line is average.  The DE's, both Gholston and Rush, were invisible tonight. 

Their LBs are good, but bite very hard on runs.  Their DBs are very good, but vulnerable to big plays.  You have to throw deep (which Boise did on 3 consecutive plays late in the game, with almost devestating effect), and scheme a way to punish those LBs for coming so hard.  Seems like there's an offensive gameplan that wouldn't be too hard to figure out.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:31 PM ^

Sims also played well at tight end after being lost at sea for a few years.  He was MAxwell's main outlet.  So focus on Sims and Bell, and let Maxwell and the WR's beat you.   O-line looked fine on running plays ;) but yes as a pass protection, not so much.  Will know better versus N.D.


August 31st, 2012 at 11:22 PM ^

So Bell is officially Burkhead. He's gonna have to carry that O unless Maxwell just had a bad game. Hard to really tell anything from that game; we really don't know how good Boise is at all. MSU's D, especially the run D looked real good.