2017 BIG TEN EAST PREVIEW: MICHIGAN STATE
Marc-Lawrence
Posted: 2017-07-04

MICHIGAN STATE                    Off – 4/1          Def – 4/1          43 Lettermen


TEAM THEME: WHO’S GONNA FILL THEIR SHOES?

  As we outlined on this page last season, a fortuitous band of Spartans won 7 one-possession games in 2015 – the best in the nation. They went 0-3 in those same games last season. It came back to bite them when Mark Dantonio suffered his first losing season with MSU, falling from 12 wins to 3 in 2016. The epitome of a ‘Mission Team’ this season, Sparty should be in a nasty mood. The bad news is over 50% of the starts made for the Spartans last season were by seniors. Thus, improvement from a defense that had just 11 quarterback sacks and 13 forced turnovers last year (as opposed to 37 and 28 respectively in 2015) is mandatory.


STAT YOU WILL LIKE: The Spartans dropped from fourth in the nation in turnover margin in 2015 to 101st – at -0.42 – in 2016.


PLAY ON: vs. Notre Dame (9/23) - *KEY as a dog


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