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No Big Ten Team Will Be More Experienced Than Michigan State In 2018

Mark Dantonio walking onto the field during a Michigan State football game.

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans walks onto the field between plays during the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions on November 26, 2016 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The Spartans return a ridiculous amount of starters.

No college football team had a better turnaround from 2016 to 2017 than Michigan State. The Spartans went from a 3-9 record in '16 to a 9-3 campaign in '17 that concluded with a 10th win in the Holiday Bowl over Washington State.

The 2018 season could be even better, too.

Michigan State, as detailed by the Lansing State Journal, returns a ridiculous amount of starters heading into next season. No Big Ten team will be more experienced than Mark Dantonio's squad.

LJ Scott is coming back. Make that 21 returning starters. Fourteen of them could around for 2019, as well.


Quarterback — check. Receiver — check. Defensive tackles — check. Linebackers — check. Safeties — check. Cornerbacks — check. Kicker, punter — check, check.

At each of these positions, the Spartans appear to have a player or players on their way to being able to compete with the best in the college football, assuming natural progression and sweat equity.

An experienced team led by Mark Dantonio is a recipe for success.

Watch out for the Spartans next fall, Big Ten. Another league championship could be in store.