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Michigan State Spartans Football: Five Things we Learned vs. Air Force

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The Spartans routed the Falcons but many things can be learned from Saturday's game.

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The Spartans cruised to 35-21 victory over the Air Force Falcons on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.  Here's five valuable things we learned from Saturday's game.

1. The Spartans should be #1: This is going to be a controversial opinion but it's worth pointing out the Spartans should carry the #1 ranking. While there is plenty wrong with the AP Top 25 System, and Ohio State remaining an almost unanimous number one team seems incorrect. The Buckeyes struggled against Northern Illinois, who's no slouch but not an elite opponent at the level of the defending National Champions. After having arguably one of the best quality wins on their schedule with the victory against Oregon, the Spartans should be #1.

2. Air Force is no slouch: Quite frankly, nobody in major college football is horrible and there's plenty of competitive teams. The Falcons fought until the end and played fairly well despite losing their starting QB and being brutally overmatched.

3. Connor Cook stays as efficient as ever: Connor Cook had a good day, again. Cook was efficent and continues to build his case for the Heisman. While he's lagging far behind LSU Running Back Leonard Fournette, Cook is building an impressive case and some big victories could boost his Heisman candidacy.

4. Aaron Burbridge is highlight reel material: WHAT A CATCH! Burbridge's spectacular grab was played over and over and over again on highlight shows all night long. Also highlight reel worthy, his eight reception 156 yard day.

5. You can't take MAC school for granted: The Spartans take on Central Michigan this week. Normally, you would think that's "It's a MAC School it's a piece of cake" not this year. Bowling Green, Toledo and Northern Illinois have all flexed their muscle representing the MAC. So while CMU may be a lower-level MAC opponent you can't underestimate how much of a trap game a meeting with a MAC school can be.