Before kickoff week gets underway, Eric and I will once and for all give our input on what the final result for the Spartans will be this year.
The Spartans offense could be awful or incredible, no one really knows. The offensive skill players haven’t played ONE live-action snap together, not even in the spring game. I’m thinking the offense will need time to get the right timing down, so overall MSU will be just a bit above average. However, the Spartans stifling defense will save the day time and time again, and that will propel MSU to a 10-2 season. With a tough schedule including Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska, it’s hard to win 11 games. I think Michigan State will lose to Michigan because it’s just hard to win 5 games in a row against any team. I also think Wisconsin will hand MSU another loss because MSU hasn’t been to good on the road, and Camp-Randall is a REALLY tough place to play. However, if just a few things go MSU’s way or the other way, the season could be dramatically changed. Realistically, I can see the Spartans going 8-4. I can also see them going 11-1. It’s all a matter of who can pull it off at the end. But, my final predicition is a 10-2 MSU that beats Wisconsin in the B1G Championship, then goes on to lose to USC in the Rose Bowl.
While it’s true that there are any number of lingering questions about this year’s edition of the Michigan State University football team, when pondering the upcoming season I am left thinking more about the defined strengths of the squad. Defensively they are going to be tough, even with the loss of big Worthy. They will still dominate the line of scrimmage against average squads and I believe there is enough talent within the entire unit to hang with any team that comes their way. This unit will keep the Spartans in every game. The offensive line had to learn on the job last season at several positions. The pain felt early on last year will surely lead to this year’s gain. So, bearing these strengths in mind, I am rather optimistic about this season and my prediction if all goes well would have them land at 10-2. The 2 losses I am attributing to Wisconsin(hey, it’s on the road)and Iowa(because for some reason Iowa gives them fits). If injuries creep into the picture, or if Maxwell and company can’t keep up the air assault, the schedule is such that a four or five loss year could be possible. Those are a couple of big IF’s though and so, again, 10-2 it is. I agree with Jameson that Wisconsin takes the Leaders Division(could they have it any easier?)and I agree that MSU will get its revenge on them and win the B1G Championship.