Countdown to kickoff: Big Ten East champ?

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Kickoff is fast approaching. To help count down the days to Aug. 28, the BTN.com team is discussing one topic every day. Think of it as our countdown to kickoff. Today’s topic: Big Ten East champ? Check out Tom Dienhart, Sean Merriman and Brent Yarina’s picks in this post.

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Tom Dienhart: Michigan State. Even before Braxton Milller’s season-ending injury, I liked the Spartans here. Why? Because Michigan State has the talent, schedule and coaching to repeat as Big Ten champs. The only question is, can it stay hungry and deal with being the hunted?

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Sean Merriman: Michigan State. Mark Dantonio’s team is loaded from top to bottom, on both sides of the ball. The pressing question has been — how do the reigning Big Ten champs remain hungry? With Dantonio and DC Pat Narduzzi running the show, that shouldn’t be a problem. This team has the talent, coaching and passion to repeat as conference champions and make a run at the first-ever college football playoff.

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Brent Yarina: Michigan State. I love this team; in fact, it was my pick before Braxton Miller went down. Not only does Michigan State return plenty of talent from last year’s Big Ten title team, it has a manageable schedule, including a home date vs. Ohio State, its biggest competitor. We know the Spartans will have another great defense and special teams, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the offense is among the Big Ten’s best, too.

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MistakeByTheLake on 8/27/2014 @ 1:11pm EST Said:

Can’t wait to prove all of you wrong. Sincerely, Buckeye Nation

Doug on 8/27/2014 @ 3:16pm EST Said:

MistakeByTheLake, don’t take it personal, 2nd place isn’t that bad

Ryan semrau on 8/27/2014 @ 4:12pm EST Said:

I like the pick guys. It’s pretty clear state is the class of the east. Now how could the buckeyes prove everyone wrong? You had a better team last season and you are without the best player in the big ten? Yeah ok good luck bucks. You will need it. GO GREEN!!

steve on 8/27/2014 @ 4:17pm EST Said:

I cant believe not one person believes the buckeyes will win the east! They will prove each of you wrong. Michigan State doesn’t have even half the talent ohio state does. Michigan State finally has a good year and everyone is on the band wagon! If osu wins the league will meyer get coach of the year? I doubt it because no one ever gives the coach of the bukeyes credit! Michigan State will not be able to sustain their success even with a great coach like Dantonio.

GoGreen, GoWhite on 8/27/2014 @ 6:16pm EST Said:

Dear Buckeye Nation, we heard that last year in Indy and we all know how that went. Heck you laughed and said it wasn’t even going to be close. Sincerely, Spartan Nation

John F. Smalley on 8/27/2014 @ 6:31pm EST Said:

THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES will WIN it all !! We are BUCEYES , we are PROUD and we will FIGHT TO THE END !

Brandon Wilson on 8/27/2014 @ 10:18pm EST Said:

Bitter Much?

Michael Coburn on 8/28/2014 @ 1:26am EST Said:

John Smalley. Will be watching “you” fight come game time. By the way, what is your number?

greg grifka on 8/28/2014 @ 10:33am EST Said:

To John F Smalley even us Spartans know there is K in Buckeyes.