EAST LANSING – Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck talked all week about making history in Kalamazoo on Friday night, but Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was far more concise with his take on the match at Waldo Stadium.

The Spartans are 7-1 in their last eight season-openers.

Long enough to recall the way the Spartans’ offense struggled in the 2013 season opener against Western Michigan at Spartan Stadium.

Fleck said he recognizes that this can be a better Michigan State team, as the Spartans exalted position suggests.

“Whenever you confront a top five team, it is different than just a top 25 team. When you are in the very best five, those men will be the best in the united states, t are so many NFL draft picks,” Fleck said.

The Spartans have seven starters back on offense and today only five on defense following the Aug. 12 season-ending injury to outside linebacker Ed Davis.

“We Have got our work cut out for us, but I believe we are a fairly darn talented football team as well,” said Fleck, whose team returns nine players that garnered All-MAC honors in 2014.”It Is likely to be a great evening on Friday night, and it is likely to be a memorable night, I know that.

The Spartans lead the all time series together with the Broncos 11-2, and this is their first trip to play football in Kalamazoo.