Couch: Seasoned Spartans too wise for preseason bluster

CHICAGO — There was no real bravado from Michigan State Thursday. Nothing that’ll make for a regrettable headline at least. Not from the three seasoned players representing the Spartans at Big Ten Media Days, or their wise and weathered coach.

Too much has been learned. Too much felt.

Winning in college football is hard. Damn hard. And proclaiming greatness prematurely only makes it harder.

The Spartans figured that out on their way up, suffering through a humbling 2012 season after boastfully predicting their lasting arrival while still holding a return ticket. – Read more at

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