Why MSU is a Big Ten contender
Spartans' dominant defense could carry them to conference title game
It's an unfortunate fact of football life that dominant defenses just don't get as much attention as skill-position players. This is a primary factor why the Michigan State Spartans are currently flying under the national radar (No. 22 in the BCS standings) despite sporting a 7-1 record and having an inside track to win a spot in the Big Ten championship game.
But after breaking down MSU's game tapes and metrics, it is clear the Spartans' defensive prowess is good enough to make it a legitimate contender to win the conference this season.
To read more of KC Joyner's article about why Michigan State's defense makes the Spartans a Big Ten title contender, sign up to become an ESPN Insider.
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