Well, it wasn't really a game last Saturday at Spartan Stadium.  Hence the word "game" in quotation marks.

But just from watching the coverage on the Big Ten Network, and listening on Lansing's Big Talker 1240.  A few things stood out to me.

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1.  It was good to see fans, even though there weren't many, in the stands at Spartan Stadium.  Saturday was the first time since the end of the 2019 season that fans, albeit limited, were allowed in to watch Spartan Football.  I believe that there will be fans allowed in this coming fall.  Whether it will be at full capacity is another question.  Second-year head coach Mel Tucker (pictured) hopes so.

2.  Peyton Thorne isn't just going to give the starting QB job to Anthony Russo.  When it was announced that Russo would leave Temple for MSU for his sixth year, it was widely assumed (and still may happen) that Russo would be the Day 1 starter.  But Thorne, a sophomore, looked good on Saturday.  And he's got playing experience in a Spartan uniform.  Russo and Thorne are easily the top 2 QB's on the roster.  Theo Day is probably third at this point.

3.  You could 3 or 4 running backs see significant time this fall.  Connor Heyward, Jordon Simmons, and Elijah Collins look to be the top 3 at this point.

4.  Can the defense replace Antjuan Simmons?  Noah Harvey will likely be the middle linebacker this fall.  But what will the secondary look like without Josiah Scott?

5.  If the wide receivers stay healthy, this could be a really good group.  Ricky White, Jayden Reed, and Jalen Nailor all have experience.  Can the QB get them the ball enough?

Those are just a few things that stood out to me.  What stood out for you?  Let us know!!!

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