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Georgia vs. Michigan State: 4 Halftime Adjustments the Spartans Must Make

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  B.J. Cunningham #3 of the Michigan State Spartan runs for yards after the catch against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 2, 2012

Both teams come into the game looking for their 11th win. Michigan State had a great season and looks to finish the season on a high note.

The game is still up in the air, and the Spartans have a great chance of coming out with a win.

Here are five things Michigan State must do in the second half against Georgia:

 

1) Limit Penalties 

Michigan State has to limit penalties in the second half. The pass interference call on the second Georgia drive put Michigan State in a rough spot.

Expect the Spartans to clean up the penalties and make Georgia's offense earn every yard.

2) Win the Battle on the Offensive and Defensive Lines

Michigan State needs to win the battle in the trenches. This will be key to stopping the Bulldogs on defense and will allow the offense to pick up crucial points. 

Whoever wins the battle of the big uglies will likely come out of the game with a win.

3) No More Big Plays

The Spartans need to limit big plays on defense. Georgia's offense has big-play capability, and the Spartans need to force the offense to earn every yard.

The Spartans need to let their D-line loose and create havoc in the Spartans backfield.

4) Force Turnovers

Creating turnovers might be the deciding factor in this game. Michigan State needs to get the ball back to their offense with a short field.

The winner of the turnover battle will likely be on a good position to pull off a big victory for the program.

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