Michigan State football is in entirely new territory with the hiring of Mel Tucker. How will the Spartans fare in his first season as head coach?
Michigan State is at a turning point. For football fans my age, it’s hard to remember a time before Mark Dantonio was the head football coach at Michigan State. In fact, the last time Michigan State signed a new head football coach, I was in fourth grade. In all likelihood, my biggest concern at the time was whether or not I would be getting a trampoline for Christmas.
The point that I’m trying to make is this: as MSU football fans, we don’t really know what to expect from a new coach. This isn’t going to be the copy and paste Dantonio squad that we’ve been watching for the past decade and a half.
For a fanbase that hasn’t seen a shift in its football program in so long, this is entirely new territory.
How are we, as fans, supposed to prepare for a season with a new coach, new staff and new system? There’s no way to accurately predict how the 2020 football season is going to turn out in East Lansing.
That being said, let’s take a look at some predicted outcomes for Michigan State’s 2020 season.