Return to Glory

Return to Glory

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Realistic Expectations for Michigan St.

Aug. 31: Boise St. WIN
Sept. 8:  @Central Michigan WIN
Sept. 15: Notre Dame WIN
Sept. 22: Eastern Michigan WIN
Sept. 29: Ohio St. WIN
Oct. 6:   @Indiana WIN
Oct. 13:  Iowa (homecoming) WIN
Oct. 20: @Michigan LOSS
Oct. 27: @Wisconsin LOSS
Nov. 3:  Nebraska WIN
Nov. 17: Northwestern WIN
Nov. 24: @Minnesota WIN

10-2 Overall
6-2 Big Ten

The one consistent thing about the Spartans of old was their inconsistency. However, Mark Dantonio has clearly turned around the Spartan program and has them looming as a perenial threat in the Legends division moving forward. Defensively, the Spartans should again be the elite unit in the Big Ten and arguably a Top 5 defense in the country. The Spartans return 8 defensive starters including: William Gholston, Max Bullough and Johnny Adams. In fact, 6 returning defensive starters were All Big Ten members last season. The issues will be on offense where the Spartans must break in a new quarterback and crop of wide receivers. Replacing Kirk Cousins, the winningest quarterback in school history, is no easy task. The task is even more daunting with the exodus of graduated wide receivers: Keith Nichol, Keshawn Martin, and BJ Cunningham. The bright spot is that Andrew Maxwell is an experienced backup that has been around the program 4 years and many feel is ready to step into the bright lights. Plus, he will have an experienced offensive line and Le'veon Bell to hand the ball off to in the backfield. Kicking off the year with Boise St. with a new quarterback and wide receivers looks daunting, but don't forget the game is at home and Boise is having to replace their own long time starters in quaterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin. The Notre Dame game is another key earlier season game, but ultimately won't have an impact on the Big Ten conference race. The late October stretch on the road at Michigan and Wisconsin is the daunting part of the schedule that sinks the Spartans hopes of heading to another Big Ten title game.

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