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Michigan State vs. Minnesota 2012: Fans like the win, but QB situation is still iffy

Michigan State Spartans fans are pleased their team is going to a bowl game, but they also think the quarterback situation must be reevaluated next year.

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While the Michigan State Spartans ended the 2012 regular season bowl eligible after a win against Minnesota, fans are still concerned about the quarterback situation moving forward. In the 26-10 victory against the Golden Gophers on Saturday, running back Le'Veon Bell rumbled for 266 yards and a touchdown, making up for the questionable play of quarterback Andrew Maxwell.

Blogger LVS at The Only Colors thinks coach Mark Dantonio should reevaluate Maxwell's job if not this season then next.

I'm reluctant to sully an important program win by dumping on Andrew Maxwell, but this was another truly bad game by the starter. His first interception was bad, and his second was terrible -- overthrowing a triple-covered backup fullback is a cause for concern. His reads were mostly poor, the telegraphed passes remain a big problem, and passes continue to sail on him.

Maxwell has passed for 2,578 yards this year, including 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. On Saturday, he completed 13-of-29 passes for 143 yards and threw two interceptions.

Freshman Connor Cook is one of several players who could be given a chance to win the starting quarterback job next year.

Still, there were many other things for MSU fans to be pleased about The Spartans recorded four interceptions for a sound defensive effort, Bell's potential regular season finale was a memorable one and MSU extended its bowl streak to six years.