Sports Illustrated has released its preseason Top 25, a list which ranks the Michigan State Spartans at unlucky No. 13.
Hopefully that’s not a subtle sign of #Disrespekt, especially since we’re trying to move on from that whole thing.
Anyway, whether you’re superstitious or not, here’s what the site has to say about MSU:
Quarterback is the question, as senior Tyler O’Connor and junior Damion Terry battle for the job with 80 career pass attempts combined. But three tailbacks that each carried 100-plus times last year (Gerald Holmes, a junior, and sophomores Madre London and LJ Scott) will ease the transition for whomever wins the job.
The 6’6”, 280-pound Malik McDowell (13 tackles-for-loss in 2015) can play inside and outside and be one of the nation’s dominant linemen as a junior. Senior linebacker Ed Davis (ACL tear) and sophomore cornerback Vayante Copeland (fractured vertebrae) return to bolster an already formidable back seven.
The ranking places the Spartans third in the Big Ten East, behind Michigan (No. 4) and Ohio State (No. 9). The highest-ranked West division team is Iowa (14), which is also the division’s only ranked school.
Luckily, the Top 25 after the season is the one that counts.