Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio appears on the 7 Sports Cave

(WXYZ) - Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio has never lacked confidence.

So when he was asked if Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller's season-ending injury makes the Spartans the clear-cut favorites to win the Big Ten again, he was quick to defend his team.

"I think we've been the team to beat. We won the championship last year, so really, beyond that I guess we're a little bit more the hunted," Dantonio told 7 Sports Cave host Brad Galli.

After beating Stanford in the Rose Bowl in January, Dantonio has every right to believe they are the favorite. The Spartans are returning most of their offense that racked up more than 800 total yards in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. Ohio State and Rose Bowl, combined.

Dantonio believes that Ohio State could rally around Miller's injury, though, like his team did after he suspended senior captain Max Bullough before the team flew to Pasadena.

"We lost a pretty good player going into the Rose Bowl, and this football team rallied to it. We'll worry about those things down the line, but I think that Ohio State has a pretty good football team."

Watch the full Mark Dantonio interview in the video player above.