Entering their third season under head coach John L. Smith, the Spartans have struggled to establish a real foothold in the recruiting wars, but could make in-roads this year with a quick start.
Scout.com will take a look at how the loss of key recruiters Reggie Mitchell and Jeff Stoutland hurt the Spartans effort last year and how they plan to rebound this year.
While the Spartans schedule ranks among the toughest in the Big Ten, they believe they have an opportunity to post a nine or ten win season. But tough test loom against perennial rivals Michigan and Ohio State. Is this the year Smith gets the breakout win? Or will another disappointing season put Smith on the hot seat? And what is the deal on the Greg Schiano rumors?
While the Spartans are expected to score points in bunches this season, its the defense that appears to be the team's most glaring weakness. Will Coach Smith be able to cobble together a defense.
These and many more questions will be answered in Scout.com's look at the Michigan State football team leading up to the season opener against the Golden Flashes of Kent State.