We’ve made it to the end of our Penn State opponent previews. It’s now time to take a look at the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans are the defending Big Ten champions and this final game of the season matchup with the Nittany Lions could play a huge part in determining if Michigan State makes a return trip to the championship game.
Michigan State obviously had a fantastic season in 2014. The Spartans’ lone loss of the season came in Week 4 at Notre Dame. After defeating Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, Michigan State capped off its season with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford.
Last season, the Spartans featured a dominating defense and an offense that did enough to get the job done. It was the perfect example of the old adage “Defense Wins Championships.”
This year, much of the offense returns, brining experience and leadership. With several key losses on defense for this season, it’ll be up to the Michigan State offense to improve upon its production for a year ago.
- Head Coach – Mark Dantonio, 8th season at Michigan State (64-29)
- Conference – Big Ten Conference
- 2013 Record – 13-1 (8-0 Big Ten)
- Key Departures — WR Bennie Fowler, DB Darqueze Denard, LB Max Bullough, LB Denicos Allen, S Isaiah Lewis
- Key Returners – QB Connor Cook, RB Jeremy Langford, WR Tony Lippett, DE Shilique Calhoun, S Kurtis Drummond