Michigan State, East Division, class of B1G after week 1

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Michigan State is the class of the Big Ten East division, and the East is the strongest of the two divisions. That’s what the B1G punditocracy was saying all summer long. Week one did nothing to prove otherwise. Maryland and Michigan won big, and they are two teams to watch out for. Especially since Ohio State looked very vulnerable.

Michigan State did not.

The Spartans were as good as advertised in week one. Here to break it down with me is Allison Hayes of Big Ten Network and City36oTV.

Follow her on Twitter @AlliHayesSports

As a Michigan native and reporter for the BTN, Allison really knows her Michigan and Michigan State football.

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For MSU, the offense is clicking. Connor Cook has found his groove, and the defense is adjusting to life after all those stars and top tier talent graduated. They still have Shilique Calhoun, who is as good a player as any that you’ll find in the Big Ten. His NFL Draft stock is as high as anyone in the league.

So for a Big Ten breakdown, and some Michigan State analysis, have a listen to the podcast below, recorded at the press box in Northwestern. Allison Hayes knows her stuff. Enjoy!

Paul M. Banks owns and operates The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with Fox SportsYahoo! and the Chicago Tribune RedEye edition. He’s been a guest on news talk shows all across the world and been featured in hundreds of media outlets including NFL Network, Fox Sports 1 and ESPN2. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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