EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) It's a familiar story at Michigan State: The Spartans are talented, tenacious - and a bit under the radar in the Big Ten.
After a 10-win season in 2017, coach Mark Dantonio's team returns quarterback Brian Lewerke, running back LJ Scott and several other key contributors on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The Spartans still have to fight for attention with Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, but if a few breaks go their way, it's not hard to envision them winning a conference title.
"I think it's inches. I've always said that around here - you've got to find the inches," Dantonio said. "The difference between a completion and knocking the ball out is about two inches. The difference between overstriding on the offensive line and taking a six-inch step is the difference between success and failure."