Posted: 6/17/2017 9:02:53 PM
Michigan State.......hmmmm, it makes me pause everytime I think of them. On one hand, yes a complete dumpster fire with toxic smoke!
Twelve players with eligibility left are gone. Only nine scholarship seniors. The center has 25 career starts, the rest of the O-line has half as much combined. Top would-be returning WR dismissed from the team. Returning WR's have 20 passes caught between them.
On the defensive line three players that would have started or competed also gone, and they were not very good last year to begin with. Linebacker Jon Reschke left the team in February and he would have started. But there is still experience in this group.
The secondary was hit the hardest as the twelve departed players included six DB's. This group has no seniors and total of 15 combined starts. So it does not look pretty.
Now, on the other hand.
Dantonio is the master of motivation using the "chip on our shoulder" psychology. The players have had players only leadership meetings, they are bonding. Leadership training was provided. So I'm expecting a more cohesive team, at least early on.
Their backs are against the wall and that is when they are the toughest. But how much bite can they possibly have??
As far as the Notre Dame game. The Irish usually have the upper hand against the Spartans. They beat Sparky last three times in 2011, 12, and 13. So -4 looks like a good deal.
I'm going to predict right now that the Spartans, if healthy, upset or nearly upsetting either ND, Mich., Penn St, or Ohio State, with ND and Mich. the most probable as they are early in the season. The lack of depth should have them fading past the halfway mark, but if they remain healthy could be a dangerous team to overlook.