There is really only one team that is capable of pulling off an upset against the Spartans now and until then and that is the Texas Longhorns. Texas may have a good record at 9-1, but it has yet to play a ranked opponent, which means it has yet to beat a ranked opponent. Still, I am sure the Longhorns will have a much better season than last year.
The Spartans are still one of the most talented and experienced teams in college basketball and they should still be a favorite to earn a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Regardless, this team should enter Big Ten play with an 11-1 record. It will then open up conference play against Penn State, which should be a rather easy game for the Big Ten’s best team. However, it will get much tougher after that. The Spartans will then play Indiana, Ohio State and Minnesota in back-to-back-to-back games.
This conference may currently have three teams ranked in the top five, but Michigan State is arguably the best one and it would not be a surprise if it won the title this year. Still, it will not be easy as Wisconsin and Ohio State are just as talented as anyone. Plus, I am sure Michigan will eventually show up this season and Iowa should not be counted out.