There is no one change that Michigan State can make that will make them revert from a 3-9 team back to one that competes for the Big Ten title. But there are two very clear areas where improvement could make a big difference for the Spartans.
Over the last decade, Michigan State was at its best when it had an attacking defense that forced turnovers and a quarterback that was deadly anywhere near the end zone.
While it’s unfair to compare Connor Cook to Tyler O’Connor, or Brian Lewerke for that matter, comparing the quarterbacks’ numbers shows a clear area where the Spartans need success. In 2015, Cook threw for 24 touchdowns, a year later three MSU quarterbacks combined for only 19 passing touchdowns.