It’s hard to argue that Michigan State’s defense won’t be the best in the B1G this season. After suffocating opponents a year ago, the Spartans may be even better on that side of the football this fall.

A big reason why is because of the returning talent on the defensive line and at the linebacker position. It’s a group that could be the best nationally — even when compared to the likes of Alabama and Clemson.

Recently, the BTN Bus Tour stopped in East Lansing to get a first-hand look at the Spartans. And yes, the defense looks as stout and solid as it did last fall. Can it replicate the kind of success it enjoyed a year ago? BTN analyst J Leman thinks it can.

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Leman pointed to Michigan State’s depth up front and experience at linebacker. Names like Joe Bachie and Kenny Willekes will be two of the best defenders in the B1G, and will be anchors for the MSU defense.

Throw in a secondary player like Josiah Scott, and things are looking pretty bright in East Lansing.

Below are Leman’s full thoughts on the Spartans, and why they’ll likely possess the nation’s top defense — at least front seven — in 2019: