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Out of head coach Mark Dantonio’s seven years at Michigan State, 2013 was perhaps the best with his Spartans winning 13 games and claiming the Big Ten title.

The success of coach Dantonio is his discipline, most recent he was voted the "most intimidating" coach in the Big Ten Conference; he barely cared.

"It’s an opportunity for a new beginning," said Dantonio, appearing before media members at the Chicago downtown Hilton. "We’re going to remain a disciplined football team. We’ve had great enthusiasm, and hard work will be something we continue to emphasize.

"Every game will be a challenge, and we’ll start fresh."

The College Football Betting oddsmakers have the Spartans listed at +2500 to win the 2014 College Football Championship. While in seasons past this may of been a long shot bet, but with a playoff system in place this season this could be a great value bet.

NCAA Football Future Betting Odds For Michigan State

  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +2500
  • To Win the Big Ten: +400
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 9.5.

How Will Michigan State’ Offense Perform in 2014?

The most promising piece of the Spartans upcoming 2014 season is the return of QB Connor Cook, who threw for 2423 yards, 20 TDs and only five interceptions last season. Cook is a long shot in the college football prop betting odds to win the Heisman Trophy at +2600.

"As a quarterback and a receiver — they have a relationship, and each receiver is different," Cook said. "You have to get to know how each receiver comes out of their breaks, how they go up for balls and stuff like that. The main thing that you can do to get better as a quarterback and receiver is continue to work with each other. And if we continue to do that, the sky’s the limit for us."

Another win for the program is the return of RB Jeremy Langford, who rushed for 1445 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013, averaging close to five yards per carry.

The Spartans averaged less than 30 points per game last season; they must take the next step on offense if they want to defend their conference title.

"The offense made a really big jump last year," Cook added. "But we want to pick up from where we left off in Pasadena, and make another jump."

How Will Michigan State’ Defense Perform in 2014?

Impressively, the Spartans allowed only 13.2 points per game a season ago which was third best in the nation. They lost 6 of those defense starters.

“It’s called opportunity,” defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzisays. “We’ve got players.”

Those players include DE Shilique Calhoun (2013 Big Ten Defensive Player and fourth-year starter DE Marcus Rush who are the foundation of a top teir defensive unit that have high expectations.

Captain Kurtis Drummond leads the defensive back core at free safety and with the return of Trae Waynes at cornerback the team should have enough talent to be a top 10 unit this year.

2014 Michigan State Spartans Schedule

  • Friday, August 29 vs Jacksonville St 7:30 PM ET | BTN
  • Saturday, September 6 @ Oregon 6:30 PM ET | FOX
  • Saturday, September 20 vs E Michigan | TBD
  • Saturday, September 27 vs Wyoming 12:00 PM ET
  • Saturday, October 4 vs Nebraska 8:00 PM ET | ESPN ESPN2
  • Saturday, October 11 @ Purdue | TBD
  • Saturday, October 18 @ Indiana 3:30 PM ET
  • Saturday, October 25 vs Michigan | TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 vs Ohio State 8:00 PM ET | ABC
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Maryland 8:00 PM ET | BTN
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Rutgers | TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 @ Penn State | TBD

Michigan State Final Analysis

En early road trip to play the Ducks will tell us what the Spartans are capable of in the season, but progress in the offensive side needs to be made if they want to leave Oregon alive and starting dreaming about the playoffs.

Michigan State Spartans Projected Starters On Offense


Connor Cook-Jr (6-4, 219)


Trevon Pendleton-Jr (5-11, 250)


Jeremy Langford-Sr (6-0, 205)


Tony Lippett-Sr (6-3, 190)


Keith Mumphery-Sr (6-0, 212)


Macgarrett Kings-Jr (5-10, 186)


Andrew Gleichert-Sr (6-5, 256)


Jack Conklin-So (6-6, 330)


Travis Jackson-Sr (6-3, 286)


Jack Allen-Jr (6-1, 300)


Connor Kruse-Sr (6-4, 317)


Donavon Clark-Jr (6-3, 310)


Michael Geiger-So (5-8, 186)


Michigan State Spartans Projected Starters On Defense


Shilique Calhoun-Jr (6-4, 257)


Joel Heath-Jr (6-6, 289)


Damon Knox-Jr (6-4, 275)


Marcus Rush-Sr (6-2, 255)


Ed Davis-Jr (6-3, 230)


Taiwan Jones-Sr (6-3, 252)


Darien Harris-Jr (6-0, 228)


Trae Waynes-Jr (6-1, 183)


Darian Hicks-So (5-10, 181)


RJ Williamson-Jr (6-0, 215)


Kurtis Drummond-Sr (6-1, 200)


Mike Sadler-Sr (6-0, 170)