Team Previews: #46, Michigan State

By BenJ6257
May. 30, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 CollegeSportsCoverage Top 50 preview. Every other day we preview a new team in my top 50 rankings. Todays team is:

The Michigan State Spartans

Conference

Big 10 (East)

2016 Record

3-9 (1-8 B1G)

Head Coach

Mark Dantonio (90-42, 11th year)

Coordinators

OCs: Jim Bollman, Dave Warner

DCS: Harlon Barnett, Mike Tressel

Players Lost

DL Malik McDowell

S Montae Nicholson

TE Josiah Price

WR RJ Shelton

Key Players

RB LJ Scott

C Brian Allen (Rimington Award Watch List)

QB Brian Lewerke

WR Donnie Corley

Top Recruits/Class Rank

National Rank: 34

B1G Rank: 6

Top Recruits:

OL Kevin Jarvis

TE Matt Dotson

WR Hunter Rison

LB Antjuan Simmons

2016 Recap

Its no secret that 2016 was a huge disappointment for the Spartans. They finished with one conference win (against Rutgers, doesn’t really count) when many people expected to contend for their division’s title. LJ Scott was one of the lone bright spots for Sparty last year, rushing for 996 yards despite having two games where he carried the ball less than 5 times. With Scott back and QB Brian Lewerke with some experience under his belt, we should be seeing Sparty play in December

Schedule

Sep. 2: vs Bowling Green

Sep. 9: vs Western Michigan

Sep. 23: vs Notre Dame

Sep. 30: vs Iowa

Oct. 7: at Michigan

Oct. 14: at Minnesota

Oct. 21: vs Indiana

Oct. 28: at Northwestern

Nov. 4: vs Penn State

Nov. 11: at Ohio State

Nov. 18: vs Maryland

Nov. 25: vs Rutgers

Record Projection

W
W

L

W

L

W

W

L

L

L
W

W

(7-5)

MVP

LJ Scott