Ranking Big Ten Opening Week Games-LEGENDS Tier

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Don’t be fooled, this Western Michigan team is pretty good. The Broncos air it out at will and score points in bunches. Last year they ranked 39th in total offense, averaging 438.2 yards per game with most of those coming through the passing game. Redshirt junior Zach Terrell was not shy throwing the pigskin a year ago. Terrell threw for 3,443 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s a top 20 quarterback that should improve on those numbers this season. Sophomore running back Jarvion Franklin also got his yards, rushing for 1,551 yards and scoring an amazing 24 touchdowns on the season. Also look for junior wide out Corey Davis to mirror his 1,408 yards and 15 touchdown effort a year ago.

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Connor Cook has decided to return for his senior season for Michigan State, meaning any opponent standing in the Spartans way will be in trouble. Cook through for 24 touchdowns and 3,214 yards to lead the Spartans to an 11-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory over Baylor. But replacing Trae Waynes as the cornerback position will be key for Michigan State. Look for Darian Hicks to bounce back after losing his starting job late last season. Demetrious Cox is another guy that could grab a starting position as well.

This will be an important game for both. Western Michigan will be looking for an early upset on their home turf. Michigan State cannot overlook the Broncos and look ahead to their Week 2 rematch against Oregon. The Broncos I think make it very interesting for most of the game, but the Spartans pull ahead late to get the win.

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