EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Having the Big Tens top rusher and leading the conference in total defense usually is a recipe for success.
The last time it happened at Michigan State before this season was 1987. Lorenzo White ran for 1,459 yards, finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, and combined with the conferences stingiest defense (184.5 yards per game) to lead the Spartans to the Big Ten championship and their last trip to the Rose Bowl.
State tailback LeVeon Bell topped the conference with 1,648 yards this season, and the defense allowed 273.3 yards per game to pace the Big Ten while ranking fourth among major-college teams.
But instead of packing their bags for Pasadena, these Spartans finished 6-6 and are likely headed to all the pageantry and tradition that is the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.
So what in the world happened? How did a team with such a splendid runner and formidable defense end up fourth in the Big Tens Legends Division at 3-5?
There's no simpl...