Spartans Host Wyoming in Homecoming Game

By Shanin Thomas
EFN Staff
Published: 09/27/2014

EAST LANSING – Michigan State will host the Wyoming Cowboys today in the schools 99th homecoming game.

The Spartans have faced the Cowboys two times previously, beating them in both. However, this game marks the first homecoming match up against a non-conference opponent.

Head coach Mark Dantonio said, “Wyoming is an extremely well coached football team,” in a press conference earlier this week. The new head coach of the Cowboys, Craig Bohl, has already made noticeable changes in his first season.

Dantonio said the Wyoming offense is much like their own. “They are probably more like us than anybody we've played actually,” he said.Wyoming has a good fullback and tailbacks and they are going to look to run the ball.

What are some things you can look for in this homecoming match up?

This year’s MSU homecoming theme is “Spartans Make Headlines” and many Spartan alumni’s have returned to campus. Jemele Hill, ESPN’s reporter is being honored as the Grand Marshall and Drew Stanton will be the honorary captain.

During the game, however, keep your eyes on Tony Lippett.

Lippett has become the first option receiver quickly this season. Although Lippett has started in the previous seasons, he has re-established himself in a believable way.
Spartan receiver Lippett says that’s just it in a previous interview. He said that he believes in himself and his abilities much more this year, which makes for a strong option for quarterback Connor Cook.

Also pay attention to Michigan States two-way players. Brandon Clemons played offensive guard and defensive tackle in last week’s game and is likely to do the same in this upcoming game.

A change to the Spartans depth chart has grabbed attention as well. McGarrett Kings Jr and Aaron Burbridge have been listed on the depth chart this week as wide receivers. Coach Dantonio said those two can be interchangeable with Keith Mumphrey and R.J. Shelton.

Connor Kruse has additionally been removed from the depth chart due to injury, but is expected to return.