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Analyst Names Michigan State A Team "That Could Be A Factor" In 2018

A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans.

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 12: A general view of the field before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Michigan State had a strong bounce back in 2017.

The Spartans could be gearing up for more in 2018.

After going 3-9 in 2016, Michigan State responded with a 10-3 campaign this fall. The Spartans also won the Holiday Bowl over Washington State.

This was MSU's sixth double-digit win season in the last eight years under Mark Dantonio. The program has been incredibly consistent.

With a ton of starters returning in 2018, Michigan State should once again factor in the Big Ten race, and maybe challenge for their second College Football Playoff berth.

USA Today's Dan Wolken has made a slew of early predictions for the 2018 college football season. One of them is the team that no one is talking about that could be a major factor.

Wolken named Michigan State.

Here's what he had to say about the Spartans.

Michigan State has a lot coming back, and with the player/staff exodus at Penn State and quarterback uncertainty at Michigan, perhaps the Spartans have an opening to challenge Ohio State in the rugged Big Ten East.

Michigan State will open its 2018 season at home on August 31 against Utah State.

You can read the rest of Wolken's thoughts here.