Spartans confident but humble after 11-win season

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan State Spartans sound fairly humble for a team coming off an 11-win season.

The Spartans tied for the Big Ten title last year and return several key offensive players, but there's little sense of overconfidence as they begin practice. That might be because of how their final game went -- Michigan State went to the Capital One Bowl with high hopes but looked completely overwhelmed in a 49-7 loss to Alabama.

Running back Edwin Baker says that defeat gave the Spartans a sense of what it takes to compete with an elite team. Coach Mark Dantonio said at media day Monday he believes his program is moving in the right direction, but that it's important to avoid complacency.