Michigan State Spartans Football Season Preview History
2014 Michigan State Football Preview:
2013 was a staple year for Sparty. Michigan State finished the season undefeated in the Big 10, and beat a very good Stanford team to win the Spartans first Rose Bowl since 1988. The Spartans lost a large amount of talent to the NFL including quarterback Andre Maxwell, linebackers Denicos Allen, and Max Bullough, and offensive lineman Blake Treadwell and Dan France. Despite all of these departures, the defense looks to be as solid as ever with senior middle linebacker Taiwan Jones and senior free-safety Kurtis Drummond leading the way. Look for Mark Dantonio and company to continue to be one of the toughest teams in the Big 10. A week 2 trip to Eugene to take on Oregon will be one of the top games of the early college football season. Sparty will likely be in the running for another Big 10 championship, and 3 games to look forward to are against Nebraska, Ohio State, and at Penn State to finish the season.
2013 Michigan State Football Preview:
Senior linebacker Max Bullough leads one of the best defenses in the Big Ten and a Michigan State Spartans team that should compete for a conference championship in 2013. The Spartans finished with 7 wins in 2012, but with the talent on defense and the experience on offense, Mark Dantonio’s team is expected to take a jump in the win totals this season. Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook will compete for playing time at quarterback with the Spartans using a running back by committee to fill the void left by Le’Veon Bell. The Spartans welcome Indiana and Michigan to East Lansing this year and will travel to Notre Dame and Nebraska.
2011 Michigan State Football Preview:
Michigan State is coming off of one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Spartans won an impressive 11 games, with big victories over Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Despite a disappointing bowl loss, however, the team is poised for another solid year in 2011 with head coach Mark Dantonio at the helm.
The offense should have no problem scoring for Dantonio, thanks in large part to the return of standout quarterback Kirk Cousins, who will come back with another year of experience under his belt. Joining Cousins will be talented senior wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keith Nichol, both of whom have the potential to break a play wide open.
Although the offense will likely be firing on all cylinders, the defense may find it more difficult to live up to last year's squad. However, that's not to say they won't be competitive within the newly formatted Big 10. Although they will certainly miss the departure of the talented Greg Jones and Eric Gordon, Chris Norman leads a steady linebacking corps, and Jerel Worthy and Tyler Hoover will be reliable pass rushers.
2010 Michigan State Football Preview:
Michigan State has been somewhat mired in mediocrity the past few seasons. Although the Spartans have made bowl games three of the last four years, they have not won one since 2001.
Coach Mark Dantonio has assembled an impressive collection of offensive weapons that all return this year. Junior quarterback Kirk Cousins helped lead an offense that averaged almost 30 points a game last season. With junior Keshawn Martin and senior Mark Dell, both have the ability to have break-out seasons at receiver, Michigan State should be able to put up a fair amount of points.
The Spartans struggled mightily in 2009 to have a significant pass rush, and the lack of pressure they put on the quarterback allowed opposing offenses to throw for over 267 yards a game - which put them last in the conference in pass defense. Hopefully linebacker Greg Jones, a potential All-American at linebacker, will be able to hold the defense together.
Michigan State has a great deal of talent heading into the season and a favorable schedule as well, as the Spartans do not have to face conference favorite Ohio State. If their defense can improve, expect them to be in the top-half of the Big Ten come seasons end.
2009 Michigan State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mark Dantonio
The Michigan State Spartans head into the 2009 season with a lot of hope. MSU's basketball program just rode a strong postseason into the Championship Game of the Final Four, thus proving that anything is possible in sports. Now Spartans Head Coach Mark Dantonio must get his football team to play with the skill and passion necessary to overcome a tough Big 10 schedule. If Dantonio is successful, then fans in East Lansing might be making a New Year's Day trip to somewhere warm for another big game.
2008 Michigan State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mark Dantonio
Head Coach Mark Dantonio is looking to put some more of his boys in the end zone in 2008 at Spartan Stadium, as the Michigan State Spartan football team takes to the field for their 112th season. The Spartan team is knee-deep in football history and culture, and they will be meeting some of their long time rivals this season: Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State. The Spartans will be fighting back from their disappointing 2007 season to possibly gain a berth to the 2008 Big 10 Conference Football Championship.
After a 4-0 start last season, Michigan State lost five of their next eight games to put them at 7-5 for the regular season. Although the team gained a berth to the Champs Sports Bowl, Boston College edged past the Spartans 24-21 for the win. Coach Dantonio aims to boost his 7-6 record from last season, and hopefully chalk up his first bowl game win with the team.