Michigan State Football: 3 benefits of playing 2020 season this fall

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2. It can only help recruiting

With no season and no in-person recruiting for the foreseeable future, recruiting is going to take a hit. A massive benefit to playing this fall would be winning over some recruits with both on-field performances and getting them to maybe attend some games (NCAA permitting).

Oh and there’s going to be the looming recruiting pitch from coaches from the SEC, ACC and Big 12 when fighting for an elite kid against the Big Ten. “Why would you want to play for a league that held its players back when the rest of the Power Five wanted to play?”

Sure, you could look at the other side of it and think about the move to put player safety first helping the conference and its teams when it comes to recruiting, but most top high school kids want to play football. There are very few teenagers who feel like playing through the pandemic would be career-altering in a negative way (whether that’s true or not).

Selling kids on a season and the idea that the Big Ten wants to set these kids up for football futures would be huge, but that is looking unlikely at this point.

Having a fall season would easily help recruiting, but because of the 2020 postponement, the Big Ten will more than likely see a dip in its 2021 classes.

This is especially the case with Mel Tucker who has to prove himself to plenty of recruits still.