MSU Football: 7 Burning Questions entering 2021 Season

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Michigan State football is nearly back.

We are less than one week away from the opening kickoff on the 2021 Spartans season. With the Michigan State 2021 season set to begin this upcoming week, the Spartans Wire staff is offering up their thoughts and insight on numerous hot topics and burning questions surrounding the team.

Here are seven burning questions we took a look at ahead of the season kicking off:

Who will be Michigan State’s starting quarterback this season?

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

Nick King/Lansing State Journal

How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

All three of us at Spartans Wire believe Temple-transfer Anthony Russo will win the starting gig but whether or not he keeps that spot all year round is not clear. Read More

Who will be the Spartans’ top offensive threat this season?

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

Nick King/Lansing State Journal

How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

Michigan State's offense should be much improved in 2021, and two guys we believe will play a role in that are running back Kenneth Walker III and wide receiver Jayden Reed. Read more

Who will be the Spartans’ top defensive playmaker this season?

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How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

There are a pair of Spartans defenders who we believe could be game-changers in 2021: linebacker Quavaris Crouch and safety Xavier Henderson. Read more

Who’s an under-the-radar player that’ll have a breakout season?

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How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

There were a number of guys to choose from on this one so it was fitting that each writer for Spartans Wire had a different selection. The three guys to keep an eye on this fall included tight end Trenton Gillison, defensive tackle Dashuan Mallory, and linebacker Itayvion Brown. Read more

What’s considered a successful season in year two of Mel Tucker era?

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How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

There's a lot of buzz surrounding the football program thanks to some recent recruiting wins, but now the Spartans need to experience some success on the field. All three Spartans Wire writers believe contending for a bowl game would be a big step forward this season. Read more

Who is Michigan State most likely to upset?

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

Nick King/Lansing State Journal

How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

The Spartans Wire staff isn't confident that Michigan State will beat Ohio State or Penn State, but what about Miami (FL), Indiana and Michigan? Those three schools seem to be ripe for the picking in 2021. Read more

How many games does Michigan State win this season?

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Nick King/Lansing State Journal

Nick King/Lansing State Journal

How the Spartans Wire staff sees it:

Will Michigan State get to the six-win magic number and qualify for a bowl game? Two of us believe so while one thinks the Spartans will fall just short. Read more

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