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2007 Michigan State Spartans Football Preview
2007 Michigan State Spartans season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Michigan State Spartans football preview as well as the 2007 Michigan State Spartans Football Schedule. Dont miss our football picks for college games against the spread and bookmark our college football point spread page offering up to the minute odds & lines.
Coach: Mark Dantonio (1st year at Michigan State)
Team Name: Spartans
2006 Overall Record: 4-8
Returning Starters: 12
The Michigan State Spartans (4- 8 overall, 1- 7 Big Ten) last won their conference championship in 1990 and last played in a bowl game in 2003 in the Alamo Bowl. Last season they tied for tenth in the Big Ten. Can they improve over that? New head coach Mike Dantonio, who has been with the Spartans for seven seasons, is dedicated to instilling a new attitude that starts with every player taking responsibility for winning.
Last season, QB Brian Hoyer (58% COMP, 863 TDs, 4 TDs, 3 INTs) stepped in for starter Drew Stanton, showing that he could make quick decisions, throw on the run and hit guys downfield. Sophomore WR T.J. Williams (25 REC, 281 YDs, 3 TDs) is a solid deep man and senior TE Kellen Davis gives this team another pair of sure-hands. Junior RB Javon Ringer (86 CAR, 497 YDs, 1 TD) averaged 6.3 YPC during a season where he was hampered by injuries. If healthy, this little guy with great moves and fine power can be a major force. The offense is looking to harness his power.
Look for the defense to focus on disciplined schemes working from a 4- 3 foundation. While the offense ranked 52nd nationally in PPG with 25.2, the defense finished at 100, allowing 28.4 PPG. A new defensive staff, including first-year coach Pat Narduzzi, needs to show improvement in the secondary. Good news— quality cornerback Ross Clark, who was injured last season, is back and healthy. The safety position now shows some depth and the frontline and linebackers are solid.
This team's swing games—Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Indiana—are all at home. Five wins are possible and anything more will be a major victory in 2007. A bowl bid is not out of the question, especially if the defense can come through.
Michigan State Spartans Football Schedule
|Sep 8||Bowling Green||Home|
|Sep 22||Notre Dame||Away|
|Oct 22||Ohio St||Away|
|Nov 17||Penn St||Home|
For more info on the 2007 Michigan State Spartans football program, view their official website or read up on the rest of the Big Ten foes below.
2007 Big 10 Football Team Previews
All of the Big Ten Conference teams are listed to the right. Each team link gives our individual preview for the selected Big 10 club. For non Big Ten teams visit our college football preview page.
For our conference predictions in terms of order of finish check out the Big Ten Football Preview page which in addition to our Big ten predictions features a quick overview of the conference and answers questions like, just how good are the young Illini, is Penn State back, and if this is Ohio State or Michigan's conference to win in 07.