The NCAA football schedule 2012 has officially kicked off and a game between two ranked teams takes the spotlight on Friday night. It’ll be Boise State vs. Michigan State live streaming online in an early battle to determine who is for real and who might need to improve.
The Boise St. vs. Michigan St. live stream game begins at 8 p.m. EST on Friday night, with ESPN handling both televised and the online coverage. While many households around the nation get cable or satellite packages with ESPN, the game is being offered to a select part of the nation via live internet feed. As of the latest check of ESPN’s coverage map, the game will be available mostly on the west coast, with the rest of the country blacked out from online coverage.
However, as mentioned, ESPN is readily available for many households. People will be treated to an early week 1 battle as #24 Boise State will play at #13 Michigan State. These two teams both won their bowl games last season, and had a combined 23 wins. However, as ESPN.com notes, both teams have had a number of key departures including their star quarterbacks from a year ago. That means no Kirk Cousins for MSU, and no Kellen Moore for Boise State. However, the Spartans will have their leading rusher, Le’Veon Bell who had nearly 1,000 yards on the ground last season.
In ESPN’s game preview, they believe some of the biggest deficiencies for Boise State could come when their defense is exposed. Coach Chris Petersen noted about their first opponent:
“I think we’ve got a pretty hard schedule, and it’s going to be a tough test for this team all season long. Michigan State, even at (No. 13), I think is totally underrated. And we’ve got some tough places to play away from home.”
The game comes in Boise’s final season before they begin playing in the Big East. Meanwhile, Michigan State will be looking to climb up the Top 25 polls to join the likes of in-state rival Michigan as one of the top teams. However, they will need success from their new quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who has nine games under his belt, and enters this game as a senior. So while both teams are ranked early, this game could expose both teams as potential pretenders in the rankings. It will definitely be interesting to see if either team ends up falling out of the top 25 this season after last year’s success.
Will you be watching the college football game on ESPN or live streaming online when Boise State takes on Michigan State? What is your final score prediction?