Sparty has built a Tressel-esque team built on suffocating defense and adequate offense, which is great for them, but not so good for any Big Ten team trying to shed the image of a B1G conference that looks like lesser versions of Dantonio's squad
Sounds like a winning formula to me. Suffocating defense and a punishing run game. Even UFM said that "defense wins championships" during the post-game interview after the spring game. Sparty had it going last year because that defense was nasty. I love to see speed on offense like anyone else, but the most important thing is to have a top defense. Whenever most people think of Alabama they dont think of speed. They think of suffocating defense and a punishing run game (between the tackles) with a game manager at QB. When I think of speed, I think of Oregon. Speed all over the place, but they get manhandled every time they play a team with a tough defense and a punishing run game. Their speed does not help them. We have the D line to play with anyone and our LB's should be pretty good this year. The secondary is where season will be decided.