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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Spartans thinking bigger in 2010

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

High expectations and Michigan State typically don't mix, but things could change this fall.

For starters, the bar is being set highest inside the Skandalaris Football Center rather than by outsiders. During the team's preseason media day on Tuesday, several Michigan State players talked about the Rose Bowl, a place the program hasn't visited since Jan. 1, 1988.

When head coach Mark Dantonio stepped to the mic, he didn't underplay what he expects from the team this fall.

Here are a few excerpts:
Michigan State fell well short of expectations both on and off the field in 2009, but there are reasons to think this season will be different.

Kirk Cousins enters his second year as the starting quarterback and should limit some of the late-game mistakes that plagued him at times last fall. There's a ton of depth at the offensive skill positions and at linebacker. The secondary could experience addition by subtraction, and returning players like safety Trenton Robinson should benefit from going through a year in the spotlight.

Should we buy into Michigan State? Given recent history, I'm going to wait and see.

But it's more important that Dantonio and his players are raising not only expectations but the level of accountability from within the program. It'll be interesting to see if they can walk the walk this fall.