Connor Cook showed great command of the offense a year ago by throwing for 2,755 yards and 22 touchdowns.
East Lansing, MI (Sports Network) -
In one of just two FCS-FBS matchups on Friday, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will travel to East Lansing to take on the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium in the season opener for both squads.
Jacksonville State and Michigan State have never met on the field prior to this matchup. The Spartans had a near-perfect record in 2013, finishing the season at 13-1 with one hiccup against Notre Dame. The team eventually finished the year ranked No. 3 in the FBS and toppled fifth-ranked Stanford in the Rose Bowl, 24-20, to end the campaign.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio enters his eighth season at the helm for the Spartans, and has led his team to a bowl game in each of the last five years (with wins in the past three). His squad returns a healthy number of starters from a season ago, which includes some of the biggest names in all of college football.