This is a new era in Michigan State football. It no longer seems like the pre season question each year is "will the Spartans make a bowl game?" Now I'm thinking that under Mark Dantonio the question revolves around "how many can they win and how good a bowl can they attend?"
MSU seems to have two good quarterbacks competing for the starting job this fall to go with four promising running backs, led by Ashton Leggett. And two promising freshmen, Edwin Baker and Larry Caper, report in August. That should provide plenty of depth. The receiving corps has plenty of candidates, led by Blair White, B. J. Cunningham, Mark Dell and others. The kicking game seems solid. The defensive backfield seems to have more speed and better athletes.
No matter what happens this Saturday, MSU should win its two opening home games against Montana State and Central Michigan. That sends the 2-0 Spartans to revenge minded Notre Dame, where I claim the season really starts. The new players should get good experience in the first two games. It's possible MSU will even be stronger at quarterback and running back this fall because of improved depth. Dantonio has gone 7-6 and 9-4 and a season similar to last year seems like a distinct possibility, at least on April 23rd it does anyway.