Michigan State Football: 3 realistic goals for Mel Tucker’s first season

Elijah Collins, Michigan State football (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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With a new head coach in charge, Mel Tucker is assigned with the task of reviving a Michigan State football program without a pulse.

After years of success under Mark Dantonio, the Michigan State football fanbase has developed high expectations. A playoff appearance and multiple Big Ten titles will do that to any team, but usually the success presented to these fans is sustained for a longer period of time.

Mel Tucker inherited a Michigan State Football team that hit a skid en route to two consecutive 7-6 finishes before Mark Dantonio abruptly retired from coaching. But the depth of the valley that the Spartans are in right now is blown out of proportion. Yes, this squad is not what it used to be and it’s only four years removed from 3-9, but there is serious talent on this squad.

That being said, expectations went from being sky-high just a few years ago to gutter-level in 2020.

If Mel Tucker were to win three games this season, nobody would be surprised or disappointed. That’s where this program is at. But as a sports fan who loves college football, I refuse to lie back and watch my favorite team get obliterated by social media because they lost a head coach who wasn’t doing the program any favors in his last few seasons at the helm.

Today, I’ll set my expectations for this football team. Here are three goals for Michigan State football in 2020.