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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Present day Michigan State football

Fast forward to present day and this program is essentially in the same spot that it was 15 years ago. There is a 0.000001 percent chance that this squad wins the Big Ten in the foreseeable future and the team looks like a 5-7 season waiting to happen.

Mel Tucker is essentially destined for failure and has an uphill battle, even with a year off.

But would a program that was running the Big Ten for a few years have made it to this point if they had won a national championship? Winning it wouldn’t have taken away the key pieces of the Spartans’ program that led to it’s eventual failure, but it certainly would have helped the cause.

You’d have to imagine that more care would have gone into maintaining success than what was actually put into it. It seemed like despite all of the success, the basketball program always reigned supreme in East Lansing. Perhaps a rise to national prominence would have led to better days on the football field too.

I’d like to think that this team would, at the very least, still be competing for a Big Ten title each year. It’s unrealistic to say that this squad would have maintained the success it saw from 2013-15, but not many schools’ performances have dropped quite like MSU’s did over the past few years.

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