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.