Michigan State has one of the best defenses not just in the Big Ten, but in the entire country.
The Spartans were one of two Big Ten teams to allow less than 300 yards per game last season and allowed the least yards per game in the conference.
They were sixth in the entire country in this category, allowing just 277.4 yards, all while being one of the nation's best scoring defenses as well.
They have two potential top-20 picks in next year's NFL Draft in defensive end William Gholston and Cornerback Johnny Adams.
You may be wondering why the defense has anything to do with how well Maxwell performs, but it has a lot to do with his play at quarterback. If the defense can stop a team from getting long drives for touchdowns and get the ball right back to the offense, Maxwell will have more opportunities to rack up stats. The more he has the ball in his hands, the better opportunity to throw touchdown passes and elevate his stats.
Also, if the Spartan defense doesn't give up too many points, Maxwell won't have to play comeback all the time and he would avoid throwing errors that could lead to interceptions for the opposition.
They are returning most of their starters on a defense that was tops in the Big Ten and will be poised to be one of the best in the country once again. Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi is one of the best at what he does, and he will have this defense ready to dominate come August 31 against Boise State.