BY VINNIE DUBER, CSNCHICAGO.COM
Michigan State is finally the favorite to win the Big Ten East Division and the Big Ten title.
To those who arrived at that conclusion only after Braxton Miller's season-ending injury, the only question is this: What took so long?
The Spartans are the new favorites thanks to Ohio State losing its senior quarterback for the season, but there's plenty of reason to think that Michigan State was the better team with the better shot at the crown before that even occurred.
Remember that Michigan State is the defending conference champ, not to mention the defending Rose Bowl champ who was a play or two away from playing for a national championship last season. And though Mark Dantonio's squad has lost a good deal of talent from a defense that was one of the country's finest, there's plenty of talent left. And an improved offense could make that defense the second fiddle this season.