In 2012, the Michigan State University football program will look to improve on its No. 11 ranking in the 2011 AP final poll. The Spartans have won 11 games the past two seasons and have earned bowl bids every season since 2007.
The Spartans will look to its defense to lead the team in 2012. Kirk Cousins, arguably the greatest quarterback in school history, has moved on to the NFL. New starter Andrew Maxwell shows promise as a rising junior, but the Spartans defense must play well enough to make Cousins’ departure more manageable.
This year’s defense has received praise across the Big Ten. According to Jeff Seidel of Detroit Free Press, Big Ten players commented on the unit’s versatility, intelligence and energy at the conference’s preseason meetings on July 27.
Michigan State linebacker Chris Norman marvels most at the unit’s speed. According to Seidel, Norman said this about the Spartans 2012 defense:
"If we get faster, I think we will be, like, the best defense in college football history."
Some will call Norman cocky, and others will call him confident, but I think Michigan State will have the best FBS defense in 2012.
Here are six reasons why I think this is so.
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