That’s it; we’ve completed a full week of Spartans football talk. It was probably the most I have contributed to this site in a week, ever, and hopefully you enjoyed it as much as I have.
We’ve covered the past, the present and the future by looking into the upcoming recruiting classes. Today, we looked into Michigan State’s 2013 schedule, which seems to be much less difficult than recent years. That said, let us dive into how our staff sees this season playing out.
Andy (Managing Editor): Michigan State's ability to be a contender this season wholly rests on the shoulders and more appropriately on the arm of Andrew Maxwell. His crutch from last season, Le'Veon Bell is gone and the running backs back have a grand total of under 100 yards rushing from last season. Yes, the MSU defense is going to be awesome and will be able to carry this team once in a while, but if the Spartans want to compete for a championship you need both sides of the ball to show up. If you don't believe me rewind yourself back to last season for proof. However, that said…. this team avoids the big three from the Leaders division (OSU, PSU, Wisconsin) and that alone should help their record be better. If Maxwell makes a jump this season that it could be a title contending season, but I just don't see the offense being able to win them a game or two should the D struggle at all and that's not championship material to me. They'll be better than 2012 for sure, but I'm not sure it'll be by the significant margin that some seem to think.
Prediction: 8-4, 5-3 B1G – 4th in Legends
Will (MSU Staff Writer): If you have been reading this week, you already know how I feel about this upcoming season. The Spartan defense looks to be loaded again, and it should be another top-10 defensive year. The offense was lost in Le’Veon, but an experience group of wide receivers and a healthy offensive line should lead to an improved passing offense. I expect Andrew Maxwell to conquer his demons from a year ago and have a pretty decent season, which along with a decent running game, should have the Spartans in contention for the Legends division crown. But sure, if the passing game has another inconsistent year, MSU may not end up where they expect to be come seasons end. A few weeks ago I would have had the Spartans finishing 10-2, while losing to Notre Dame, but the loss of Everett Golson seems catastrophic. Because of that loss, my season outlook has changed a bit.
Prediction: 11-1, 7-1 B1G – 1st Legends
Nate (Editor Emeritus): 9-3, 6-2 B1G -3rd Legends
Cole (Staff Writer): 10-2, 6-2 B1G – 1st Legends
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