Fall Forecast (May Edition): Spartans Edge Past Wolverines in Legends Division

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Fall Forecast (May Edition): Spartans Edge Past Wolverines in Legends Division
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Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is smiling after an Outback Bowl win over Georgia

The Big Ten experience of Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio (pictured) and the Spartans give them a slight edge over the Michigan Wolverines in the race for the Legends Division title in 2012.

Six months ago I picked Ohio State and Michigan to win their respective divisions, but it was before Big Ten spring football and another review of each team's roster.  For example, the Spartans defense looked awesome in April and features eight returning starters and 25 letter winners from last year.

Michigan isn't too far behind with seven returning defensive starters and 24 letter-winners from the 2011 squad.  And we cannot overlook Nebraska whose two leading rushers—running back Rex Burkhead and quarterback Taylor Martinez—will be back to play in the 2012 Big Ten season.

Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota will be the bottom three teams in the Legends Division.

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