SU Record: 11-2 (7-1 in Big Ten)
ATS Record: 7-6
Points Scored: 29.5 PPG
Points Allowed: 22.3 PPG
Odds to Win 2012 BCS National Championship: 75/1
(Odds according to Sportsbook.com)
2011 Preview: Offense: Multiple – Starters Returning: 6
On the heels of a shared Big Ten title and 11 wins, expectations are running high for Spartans fans. QB Kirk Cousins (217 pass YPG, 20 TD, 10 INT) will start for the third straight season. He has plenty of playmakers remaining on offense, most notably RBs Edwin Baker (1,201 rush yds, 13 TD) and Le’Veon Bell (605 rush yds, 8 TD), and WR B.J. Cunningham (611 rec yds, 9 TD). There is legitimate concern about blocking, as the revamped offensive line lost three starters. Football lines.
Defense: Base 43 – Starters Returning: 6
The defense needs to figure out how to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks after ranking 90th in sacks per game (1.5) and T-91st in TFL per game (5.1). The unit is also seeking replacements for graduated stud LBs Greg Jones and Eric Gordon, who combined for 198 tackles, 16.5 TFL and four forced fumbles. The best defenders left in East Lansing are junior DT Jerel Worthy (4 sacks, 8 TFL), senior FS Trenton Robinson (4 INT, 8 PD) and junior CB Johnny Adams (3 INT, 7 PD). Football betting lines.
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