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2006 Michigan State Spartans Football Preview

2006 Michigan State Spartans season preview from Maddux Sports. Features an indepth look at the team, some info about the university, and the 2006 Michigan State Spartans Football Schedule. When you go to handicap NCAA football in 2006 consider using Maddux's College football spread picks for the added edge over your bookie this year. In addition don't forget to bookmark our free live College odds feed for the upcoming season.

Coach: John L Smith (4th year at Michigan State)
Team Name: Spartans
2005 Overall Record: 5-6
2005 Big 10 Conference Record 2-6
Returning Starters: 13

The Spartans have a seasoned, dynamic quarterback in Drew Stanton, a great group of wide receivers and a second-year running back, Javon Ringer, who in his freshman year ran for 817 yards, averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored 5 touchdowns while injured!

Last season, Stanton hit 236 of 354 attempts, threw for over 3,000 yards and hit receivers in the end zone 22 times. He hit opponents with passes 12 times. For protection and run blocking, the offensive line looks strong, despite the fact that three starters have to be replaced. The offense was rated fifth in the nation.

On defense, the Spartan line had trouble holding back the run, allowing an average of 164.6 yards a game (ranking: 76 nationally). This year, the line will be better but it’s still a work-in-progress.The linebacking ranks are experienced, with David Herron (65 tackles) showing extraordinary speed and agility from sideline to sideline. The corners are okay and the safeties are questionable.

All of these holes in the defense make the Spartans tough to assess. Four wins are no problem and three loses to Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State are just about givens. But that leaves five games-- Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota and Penn State-- up in the air. So, what will it be-- 9 - 3 or 4 - 8 or something in between? That’s a question that the defense will have to answer.

Michigan State Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Idaho
Home
Sep 9
E. Michigan
Home
Sep 16
Pittsburgh
Road
Sep 23
Notre Dame
Home
Sep 30
Illinois
Home
Oct 7
Michigan
Road
Oct 14
Ohio State
Home
Oct 21
Northwestern
Road
Oct 28
Indiana
Road
Nov 4
Purdue
Home
Nov 11
Minnesota
Home
Nov 18
Penn State
Road

 

For more info on this years 06 Michigan State football team visit the Spartans official athletic site, or read up on their competition via all of the big 10 team previews below.

 

2006 Big 10 Football Previews

Listed below are the individual team breaks downs for each university in the Big 10 Conference. If you click on the schools links you can find the 2006 football preview for each Big 10 school. To return to the main 2006 NCAA football preview page you may click here at anytime.

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