Miami's Manny Diaz complimentary of MSU's 2-0 start: 'It's a great challenge'
Entering Week 3 of the 2021 college football season Michigan State is 2-0, and Miami (FL) is 1-1 — yes, you read that right.
When the Spartans travel to South Florida on Saturday they will be looking to surpass their win total for all of last season, while the Hurricanes are looking to put on a better showing than they did in their 25-23 win over Appalachian State last weekend.
Michigan State has been impressive in their first two games, with dominating wins over Northwestern and Youngstown State. While neither have the talent that Miami has on the roster, the Canes have seriously underperformed in their first two games.
Miami’s opening 44-13 loss to Alabama was really no surprise, but their follow up game with the Mountaineers should’ve been more one-sided.
Unless the Canes play better, the Spartans offense will be tough to handle. The combination of Kenneth Walker III and Jordon Simmons in the backfield has been very productive through both games. Redshirt-sophomore Payton Thorne threw for four touchdowns and ran for another against Youngstown State, and the Canes will have to come up with a plan to handle all that firepower.
Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz is aware of what he has to deal with this Saturday with the Michigan State offense, and knows his team will be in for a challenge.
Miami coach Manny Diaz says Michigan State is playing as well as anyone in the country. Compliments Walker and the WRs but says Payton Thorne is the key.
"It's a great challenge."
— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) September 13, 2021