USF (0-1) is a 23-point underdog, thanks to last week's 53-21 loss to McNeese State. Michigan State (1-0) only scored 26 last week in a 26-13 win against Western Michigan — the Spartans gave up 11 rushing yards on 27 carries, but their offense underwhelmed. Neither team has named a starting quarterback, so there could be a surprise on both squads. Michigan State went 2-5 at home last year, but the Bulls will have to solve one of the nation's top defenses to make it a game. The Spartans' offensive strength is their offensive line, but the Bulls' pass rush must be more effective than they were with zero sacks in the opener. Expect to see more true freshmen — only four played in the opener — as the Bulls search for answers at multiple positions.
Watch out for …
Eliminating turnovers is a must for the Bulls, who made for an easy 21 McNeese points last week with three turnovers.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer