College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: Michigan State Looks for Consistency
After winning a share of the Big Ten title in 2010, and finishing with an 11-2 record, it seems the Michigan State Spartans are going somewhat under the radar in 2011.
Then again, it’s not so far-fetched either, as much of the attention is going to Ohio State (because of their NCAA suspensions), and Nebraska (since they have joined the Big Ten). In addition, Wisconsin has landed a transfer QB in Russell Wilson from North Carolina State, who will be a solid force amongst Big Ten play-makers.
Well, Sparty has a few weapons of their own in QB Kirk Cousins (been gradually improving), RB Edwin Baker (finished third in the conference for rushing yards), WR B.J. Cunningham (ace wide-out), and WR/Return Specialist Keshawn Martin (their biggest play-maker).
Defensively, they are suspect as LBs Greg Jones and Eric Gordon are now in the NFL, as well as DB Chris Rucker. However, remaining are DBs Johnny Adams and Trenton Robinson, along with DL Jerel Worthy Johnathan Strayhorn.
Head coach Mark Dantonio has definitely turned this program in a new and positive direction, the question is if he can stay on top of the game.
Because as we all know getting to the top is hard, but staying there is even harder.
Sparty has the potential and talent to be contending for another Big Ten title, but can they live up to expectations, as well as a tough schedule?
-- John Rozum
|Team (first-place votes)
|1. Oklahoma (36)||12-2|
|2. Alabama (17)
|3. Oregon (4)
|4. LSU (1)||11-2|
|5. Boise State (2)||12-1|
|6. Florida State||10-4|
|8. Texas A&M||9-4|
|9. Oklahoma State||11-2|
|12. South Carolina||9-5|
|13. Virginia Tech||11-3|
|16. Notre Dame||8-5|
|17. Michigan State||11-2|
|18. Ohio State||12-1|
|20. Mississippi State||9-4|
|24. West Virginia||9-4|
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