Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports’ college football analyst, recently listed his top-ten teams that are most likely to contend for the national title and the positional groups, or positional question marks, of each team that will be a factor in a team’s contention for the national title this year.
Michigan State was ranked tenth. Here is what Feldman said…
10. Michigan State wide receiver: No question, there’s plenty of pressure on new QB Andrew Maxwell, but this is also an offense that lost its top four receivers from 2011. Gifted Tennessee transfer DeAnthony Arnett is one of six receivers the staff expects to take up that burden. Bennie Fowler, a guy built more like a linebacker, is another wideout who really needs to step up in 2012.
I’m not surprised to see that wide receiver is what Feldman thinks will truly determine how effective the Spartans will be this season. Think about it. The Spartans lost Keyshawn Martin to the NFL and arguably the best wide on this season’s roster is transfer Arnett.
One could argue that quarterback could be this season’s biggest question mark, but lets face it, Maxwell has been well regarded by most Big Ten analysts and a lot of other media members think he will fill in former Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousin’s shoes easily.
Cross state rival Michigan was ranked ninth in Feldman’s list. Here is what he said about them…
8. Michigan defensive line: Brady Hoke’s D made huge strides in Year One, but now the Wolverines have to replace the heart of their defense the past few seasons in powerhouse nose man Mike Martin. The hope is that former blue-chipper Will Campbell is finally ready to make an impact. Campbell, who has bounced around position-wise in his career and never has seemed ready, has lost weight this off-season and maybe gets that it’s now or never for him there. Steady Ryan Van Bergan also will be missed.
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