Our Pick: MSU Will Finish 10-2

Last year, we stood alone when we picked the Spartans to finish 9-3. Most prognosticators had MSU at 7-5 or 8-4, very few picked MSU to win nine games. This year, we believe MSU is ready to take the next step, moving to 7-0 before finishing 10-2. Read our take on the 2009 Spartans inside.

Last year, we stood alone when we picked the Spartans to finish 9-3. Most prognosticators had MSU at 7-5 or 8-4, very few picked MSU to win nine games.

This year, after watching the Spartans reload with talent at the quarterback and running back position and field one of the deepest groups of defensive backs and linebacker in the conference, he believe the Spartans are ready to take the next step and move into the ten win category.

While the Spartans are relatively inexperienced on the right side of the offensive line and have had trouble getting a push in the defensive front, they have enough talent in their underclassmen that they should be able to overcome those obstacles.

Here's a look at how the season will break for MSU:

Michigan State 49 - Montana State 13
The Spartans are too deep and too talented to get upset in their own house by a FCS team that lost to Kansas State by nearly 60 points, but Mark Dantonio will substitute early and often to keep the score from going too high.

MSU 28 - CMU 20
Michigan State's defense will prove to be key here. While the Spartans may have trouble mounting a pass rush, their experienced secondary led by co-starters Ross Weaver and Jeremy Ware at the field corner, senior Danny Fortener and junior Marcus Hyde will keep Dan LeFevour's offense in front of them and force field goals, rather than touchdowns.

MSU 21 - Notre Dame 20
In what will be one of the most entertaining games of the season, look for MSU to play big early at Notre Dame stadium and then hold off Jimmy Clausen and Co. late to move to 3-0

Michigan State 17 - Wisconsin 16
Head Coach Brett Bielema has a solid squad who has a shot at a New Year's Day bowl game, but Bielema's game management skills have been questioned in many corners. Look for the Spartans disciplined approach to allow them to eke out a game due to some Badger mistakes.

MSU 31 - Michigan 14
The Spartans prove that last year's win in the Big House was no fluke. While Michigan will be better, it will be interesting to see what happens in tomorrow's opener against Western. An early loss could get the drums beating for a dismissal of Rich Rodriguez, already under fire for alleged NCAA violation of practice time rules.

Michigan State 27 - Illinois 3
In a much easier than expected win, look for MSU's defense to nearly pitch a shutout as it builds momentum from a whipping of crosstown rival Michigan and jump up into the top-10 of polls.

MSU 37 - Northwestern 24
The Wildcats make an upset bit in Spartan Stadium before MSU gets their act together and rallies to pull away late to move to an stunning 7-0 on the season.

Iowa 14 - Michigan State 13
The Hawkeye halt MSU's march to the top of the AP poll by stifling the Spartans offense and playing stellar special teams. Still, MSU isn't looking to bad at 7-1.

MSU 31 - Minnesota 14
The Spartans take out their frustration on the road by throttling the Golden Gophers as bowl scouts come calling and BCS scouts watch to see how MSU will finish.

Michigan State 24 - Western Michigan 21
This game has the potential to derail a MSU ten win campaign but the Spartans survive Tim Hiller and gain their ninth win with two left.

MSU 26 - Purdue 20
The Spartans win over last place Purdue sets up a showdown in the Land Grant Trophy game with Penn State with the winner getting a BCS Bid.

Penn State 21 - Michigan State 17
Once again JoePa gets the Spartans number and take the Land Grant Trophy and the BCS bid back to State College, but the Spartans get a nice consolation prize, a New Year's Day bid to the Capital One bowl in Sunny Orlando.


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