1. MICHIGAN STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s not a given that the defense will be among the ten best in college football again with a second straight historic campaign against the run … but it’s not asking for the world out of this group.
The Spartan D that was so amazing returns enough starters to keep it all going, or at least come close. It doesn’t have to allow just 17 points and 78 rushing yards per game again, but the expectations are higher now considering everything that’s in place.
That includes finally getting a little help form the other side.
The offense will start to do its part this time around with improved play at quarterback, enough depth to overcome injuries – an issue last year – and the experience at the skill spots to at least not be completely miserable.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 9
The team is good enough to win the Big Ten title, but it’s not happening thanks to the brutal schedule.
The non-conference slate isn’t bad considering all three games are at home, but one of them is against a strong Arizona State squad.
The Big Ten road games are the problem, having to play five of them including dates at Northwestern, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan. Throw in the home games against Penn State and an improved Indiana, and getting to nine wins with a shot at a double-digit win season after the bowls will be a great run.