There is nothing like starting the season with three straight home games along with having your starting quarterback returning. The Michigan State Spartans have both of those things going in their favor when the 2013 college football season gets underway. Michigan State will have Andrew Maxwell back after a solid season in 2012 where the team finished 7-6. This season is one where Maxwell needs to step up his game a bit more.
Maxwell completed just over half of his passes last year for 2,606 yards and 13 touchdowns. The team had Le’Veon Bell to depend on at running back last year, so I think Maxwell needs to step up even more in 2013. The Spartans have the potential of winning their side of the Big Ten with the talent at the skill positions. There are three home games to begin the year, and it will be imperative that Maxwell uses those games to get into a rhythm before the conference year gets started.
Maxwell could lead this Michigan State team to ten wins this season. It may seem like a lofty prediction, but there are really only three games that scare me on the schedule with a game at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in September to start with. Michigan State also gets the Michigan Wolverines at home followed by a trip to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I would think that the Spartans can find a way to win the home game against their in-state rivals. The other two games will be tricky, but that’s where Maxwell needs to come in and become the team’s leader.