Michigan State Football: What if Mark Dantonio won a national championship?

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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How would Mark Dantonio’s career with Michigan State football have changed if he brought home a national championship to East Lansing?

Since 2013, Michigan State football has had its ups and downs, but will be remembered for three legendary squads in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Each of these teams had a shot at a title, but didn’t win the big one. But very easily, any one of the aforementioned Spartan teams could have flipped the result of a game and been crowned as the champion of college football.

When it comes to each team’s chances, you can start with 2015, the team that had the closest access to the national championship. This team was the only one listed that was in the College Football Playoff and despite getting spanked by Alabama, they were a strong squad.

The squad with the second-highest chances was a weird one. I don’t have the stats, but I doubt there have been many other teams in the history of college football who only had two losses on their resume at the hands of the teams that competed in the national championships. This 2014 team competed with Ohio State and Oregon and under different circumstances, could have been a title squad.

If you go all the way back to 2013, though, you’ll find a team that left us with the biggest “what if” we’ve ever seen from Michigan State football. Had the College Football Playoff been around this season, I believe that this team would have had as good a chance as anyone to win it all. But it didn’t, and thats OK.

The question today isn’t about whether or not these teams could have won it all, but rather what the implications would have been if they did win the national title.