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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On-field performance

Following the three peak seasons of Mark Dantonio’s tenure, Michigan State had the worst season in half a century, going 3-9. So the question raised here is this: would this team have gone 3-9 if they had won a national title any of the previous seasons?

If the 2015 squad won it all, the answer is probably no. They’d be fielding the same roster, so it’d be virtually the same results. The only difference here is that one or two coaches may have left for other positions before the season started, which could have even made this squad worse.

One part of this worth considering is that they wouldn’t have endured the 38-0 loss to Alabama that seemingly crushed this program. I don’t think this loss ended Dantonio’s tenure at Michigan State, but it’d be interesting to see whether or not he would have fallen from grace without this blemish on his resume.

Back track to the 2013 or 2014 teams winning it all, and you may start to see a change in results. Not only would this team likely have better recruiting classes, but they’d have a refreshed confidence that would hopefully translate to their on-field performance. There would be no guarantee of a disaster 2015 season and the success would snowball from here.