Monday, November 26, 2012
Grade MSU's 2012 football season
I am sure I am not alone when I say I didn’t expect that.
Coming into the season, the Spartans had some questions, but none of them seemed worrisome enough to keep MSU from having a winning record.
Despite the new quarterback and young receivers most expected MSU to be carried by its strong defense and be a contender in the Big Ten race.
To a degree, the expectations played out on the defensive side of the ball. The Spartans led the Big Ten in points and yards allowed per game and were 10th nationally in defensive scoring, allowing just 16.3 points per contest.
Where things all went wrong was on offense. The Spartans averaged just 20.3 points per game, which was down nearly 11 points from last year’s average (31.0).
Early on, the receivers were dropping passes. Midseason, the offensive line was banged up and not providing enough running lanes for Le’Veon Bell and pass protection for Andrew Maxwell. At the end of the year, Maxwell looked like he wasn’t progressing as he should.
The Spartans never really clicked as an offense outside of a lopsided win at
Central Michigan. It will be a
concern heading into next season with a defense that can’t be expected to be as
strong as it has been the last two years.
It’s not a big surprise to call this year a disappointing one for
. It’s not just about a 6-6 record,
or a 3-5 Big Ten record, or even an 0-5 conference record at home. The Spartans
took more than a step back. They completely fell flat on their back. Michigan State
The momentum MSU built the previous two seasons to be recognized as a legit program in the national spotlight has been lost. It will take some work to get back to that point.
For all those reasons, I give
a D for the season. The only reason
I don’t given them an F is because they did manage to make a bowl. A losing
record would have been the absolute failure in my eyes. Michigan State
What are your thoughts on this season for MSU?