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Why the Big Ten is chasing Michigan State

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08:15 AM ET 07.27 | Is Michigan State the class of the Big Ten? The Spartans showed in their bowl win over Georgia last year that they are the most athletic team in the Big Ten, especially on defense. William Gholston, who is one of the best defensive ends in the nation, will lead a stout defense once again under coordinator Pat Narduzzi. And Le'Veon Bell will pace a sound rushing attack. The major question is whether Andrew Maxwell can suitably fill in for veteran signal-caller Kirk Cousins. Despite losing top receivers B.J. Cunningham, Keith Nichol and Keshawn Martin, the Spartans will look to Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett to give them a big-play deep threat. The former Volunteer had 24 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns last season.

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July 27, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Being the best in the B1G hasn't really been that great the past several years. The conference needs to get better overall.

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July 27, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Being the best in the B1G has been about like being the smartest kid in special ed over the last few seasons.

LOL...that's HARSH.....

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July 27, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Would he be the one riding shotgun or have dibs on the back seat of the short bus?

The driver

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July 27, 2012  12:12 PM ET
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Hey, he already took away my outhouse key.

Uh-oh.

July 27, 2012  12:15 PM ET

Wiskey and Sparty are the best teams in the B1G. The media and one old fart on this site continue to beat the drum for scUM. Sparty's D was better than several SEC teams (look it up) last year, and will be better this year. If Maxwell can manage the offense, I expect a long overdue trip to Pasadena for the Green&White.

July 27, 2012  12:18 PM ET
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Dantonio built Cincinnati and Brian Kelly came in and road Dantonio's team to the Notre Dame job. Dantonio is doing great at Michigan State and would look in Texas when they dump the old Mack Brown who is clueless and out of touch(reference Joe Paterno and Booby Bowden).

Dantonio has made it clear that he's a "Spartan for life".

 
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