EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Getting to the top is one thing. Staying there is something entirely different and more challenging.
That's what the Michigan State football team is experiencing right now: a case of greatness growing pains.
The Spartans are coming off back-to-back 11-victory seasons and were ranked No. 13 in the preseason Associated Press poll. But they dropped out of that poll this week, after barely surviving an Indiana team that has lost 10 consecutive Big Ten games.
Strange things have happened on the Spartans' way to their dream game in Pasadena, Calif.:
Notre Dame slammed the door in their faces;
Ohio State also beat them at home;
and they had to rally to beat both Eastern Michigan and the Hoosiers.
The defense has turned out to be good but not great. The running game, even with LeVeon Bell, has been turned away in the two losses and to some extent in other games. The passing game was AWOL to start but is showing signs of coming together.
As a whole, the S...