I believe MSU has a week team this year and 7-5 would be great. Dantonio should be given multiple years reguardless to build the program. I have seen little from Hoyer to think he has been worth much praise.
I’m thinking 8-4, more based on how the other Big 10 teams are looking than MSU looking great.
I think we beat ND and then get five wins in the Big 10. I’ll predict losses at home to OSU and in Happy Valley, but the other six look winnable. U of M may get a rare chance to try and spoil our season.
Even 7-5 would be an improvement, in my opinion, because the schedule is much tougher. And seeing some improvement was all I was hoping for from Dantonio’s second year.
Wisconsin may play well into the MSU non-weaknesses (how’s that for cautious non-pessimism?) Seems like UW is never a big aerial threat, that works well with MSU’s lack of DB depth. Keeping the game on the ground and the score low helps MSU stay the course with the Ringer game plus a few shots to Dell and Cunningham.
I think OSU rights the ship soon into the Big Ten season. Beanie Wells will be back and help restore the effect of their massive talent advantage. PSU away will be a tall order if they maintain anything close to their current level of play. Iowa and NW have to be wins, for my own sanity. UM must go down. The rational person in me knows 7-5 is the realistic goal, 8-4 solid — but the eternally hopeful non-pessimist is thinking 9-3.