It’s been six years since Michigan State football won a Big Ten title and here’s why that might just change for the Spartans in 2022.
Who saw Michigan State football going 11-2 with a Peach Bowl win a year ago? Absolutely no one; not even the biggest MSU homers saw that coming.
But we could be surprised even more in 2022.
The Spartans are going to be more talented overall and have some key positions filled after losing guys like Jalen Nailor and Kenneth Walker III. The defense, too, should be improved and the offense could be even more explosive if everyone can stay healthy.
Here’s why I think the Spartans could surprise everyone and win the Big Ten title this season.
3. Defense will be drastically improved
As I mentioned already, the defense is going to be improved in every statistical category.
The passing defense ranked No. 130 last year, but with Ameer Speed coming in, Xavier Henderson returning, and Charles Brantley coming back from a season-ending injury, there’s just no way that continues. Plus, Mel Tucker is taking control of the cornerbacks as he’s assisting Harlon Barnett on that side of the ball. This is going to pay major dividends.
Michigan State was really solid against the run, ranking 15th in the nation, and it also had the No. 54 scoring defense. The total defense ranked No. 111.
Every position group has improved on this side of the ball. We mentioned defensive backs, the line is going to be one of the Big Ten’s best, led by Khris Bogle and Jacob Slade, and the linebackers might be the deepest position group on the team for two open spots.
This side of the ball will be vastly improved.