Thoughts After Tampa

     Home from six days in Florida:

     The Outback Bowl is well organized in a good area of Florida.  It has to be expensive to have two teams there and wined and dined for eight days.  It requires hundreds of sponsors to pay all the bills.  The crowd was annoucned at 49,000 and I'll say at least fewer than 5,000 people from that number were actually in the stands.

     Michigan State will miss Cousins and Cunningham the moment the offense breaks down next fall with some passing issues.  It's a lot to expect of Andrew Maxwell or any other quarterback for that matter to deliver  9,311 yards which Cousins did the past three seasons.  And while he made mistakes, Cousins, more often than not, made big plays to lead the Spartans to victory.

     The defense should be good even without Jerel Worthy but there are still holes and depth is needed.  Mark Dantonio is looking for some big defensive linemen with the scholarships he has left.

     It will be a war in Ann Arbor next fall when the Spartans face Michigan-- and will that game come down to quarterback experience?  And how good will Denard Robinson be next season?  Stay tuned.

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