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Michigan State in Close Games During Mark Dantonio's Tenure: 2007: 2-6 2008: 2-1 2009: 2-4 2010:...

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Michigan State in Close Games During Mark Dantonio's Tenure: 2007: 2-6 2008: 2-1 2009: 2-4 2010: 4-0 When the pieces are in place -- when State has sturdy linebackers who guarantee efficiency on standard downs, solid safeties preventing big plays, a deep running back unit and line capable of wearing opponents out, and a quarterback who excels as a game manager -- then State is capable of winning big under Dantonio. And with recruiting excelling in recent years, they could move more and more toward every-year success. But for now, the Spartans will need a host of sophomores to step up on defense to maintain last year's mojo. In a Big Ten Legends Division with no clear leader, they could take a step backwards in 2011 and still potentially compete for a spot in the inaugural Big Ten championship game. At least they better hope so, as they probably aren't in position to win 11 games again this fall. Last Impressions And The Michigan State Spartans

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