SU Record: 7-6 (3-5 in Big Ten)
ATS Record: 3-10
Points Scored: 32.8 PPG
Points Allowed: 35.2 PPG
Odds to Win 2012 BCS National Championship: 75/1
(Odds according to Sportsbook.com)
Multiple – Starters Returning: 9
Brady Hoke, a former Michigan defensive coach, takes over for Rich Rodriguez after successful stints with Ball State and SDSU. Hoke inherits electric QB Denard Robinson (329 YPG of offense, 2nd in FBS; 131 rush YPG, 4th in FBS). But he’ll have to adjust to a multiple-set offense after thriving in the spread. Robinson benefits from four starters returning to an excellent O-Line that allowed just 11 sacks last year. He also has skill-position weapons in WR Roy Roundtree (72 rec, 935 yds, 7 TD) and TB Vincent Smith (601 rush yds, 4.4 YPC). Football odds.
Base 43 – Starters Returning: 8
The defense was brutal last year in all facets, ranking 110th in yardage (451 YPG), 108th in scoring (35.2 PPG), and amassing just 18 sacks. New DC Greg Mattison is switching from a 3-3-5 to a 4-3 defense. DE Ryan Van Bergen (4 sacks) is the team’s best pass rusher, but the linebacker unit is extremely weak without graduated WLB Jonas Mouton. The secondary remains intact, but this group allowed 262 passing YPG in 2010. Football spreads.
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