Crystal Ball Week 12

With camp getting ready to open, we finish looking at our Spartan Digest Crystal Ball. The Spartans sit with a record of 11-0 and have become the talk of college football as the most surprising team of the season. Up next is a trip to Penn State to finish some unfinished business with the Nittany Lions.

Penn State (Sat. Nov 27, 2010) Beaver Stadium

2009 Record: 11-2 BIG TEN 6-2

Last Game Against MSU: 2009 Score: 42-14, Spartan Loss

The Spartan Digest Crystal Ball has the Spartans entering Beaver Stadium with a perfect 11-10 record and a chance to win a Big Ten Championship and a place in the BCS.

Last season the Nittany Lions used their strength to crush the Spartans 42-14 in the second half after Mark Dantonio had his team in position to battle for a victory.

Much has changed over the past year and if the Spartans were to knock off the Nittany Lions, this would be the season to do so.

Gone is Daryll Clark, in will be a new quarterback who entered the season with very little experience. Who will be behind center by the time this game comes along is anyone's guess. However, one thing is for sure, Evan Royster is a running back with skills to make big plays.

The Lions offense should be better by the time the game shows up on the schedule, but the offense will not be as good as it has the past couple of seasons with Clark at the helm.

On defense, there are also questions but the Nittany Lions seem to reload when they lose any number of top performers. Ollie Ogbu and Jack Crawford have a lot of talent along the front four. Nick Sukay and Drew Astorino join cornerback D'Anton Lynn as the only other veterans.

While some are questioning the overall health of Joe Paterno and if this will be his final year of coaching, you know his teams will still be tough and hardnosed. This will be a major battle in a hostile environment.

Last season the Spartans played Penn State hard for the first half, this year they will put it all together and beat the Nittany Lions ending a perfect season with a Big Ten Championship. Crystal Ball Prediction: Spartans Win – 18-17.

There you have it. The Spartan Digest Crystal Ball has the Michigan State Spartans going perfect with a 12-0 record. Can the Spartans really do this well in a season where many feel they are in the second level of the Big Ten? Stay with as we follow the Spartans during the season to find out just how good Mark Dantonio and his staff do in what should be an exciting season of Spartans football.

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