Michigan State Football: What to expect from Mel Tucker’s first season

Mel Tucker, Michigan State football (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Good news: the Big Ten is playing this fall. What will Michigan State football look like in Mel Tucker’s inaugural season?

After a long, confusing and frustrating process, the Big Ten will finally be playing football. University presidents unanimously voted to reverse course on their previous decision to postpone the football season until spring of 2021.

The truncated season is expected to kick off on Oct. 23, although it is unknown whether or not the Big Ten will use the modified schedule they previously proposed when they announced a conference-only schedule.

We don’t know what the season will look like, but the most important thing that we know for certain is that there will be a season, and Michigan State will be participating. That means that we will see Mel Tucker’s first official season as the Spartans head coach. He has only had roughly seven months to familiarize himself with the players, as well as get his new staff compiled and devise an identity for his program. This is not easy to do under regular circumstances, but throw a global pandemic on top of that, and it becomes 10 times more difficult.

Tucker has had an uphill battle in preparing for a season he was never sure was going to happen, but now it’s here, and he is ready. So what will his football team look like?