Michigan State Football: Why a bad Year 1 will not cut it for Mel Tucker

Elijah Collins, Michigan State football (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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After the release of Michigan State football’s 2020 schedule, fans are becoming cautiously optimistic for the upcoming season.

As the 2020 Michigan State football season is starting to become a reality, fans have started to talk about the potential outcome of the season. Some believe that this Michigan State team will see a similar season as the last couple under Mark Dantonio, while a large majority believe that this program is in total-rebuild mode.

If you scroll through twitter, you’ll find that there are a large portion of fans who believe that it’s okay to have a bad couple of seasons under Mel Tucker. Obviously, given the circumstances of his hiring, instant success should not be an expectation in the early years. That being said, too many fans are quick to pull the trigger and assume that this team cannot win against bad Big Ten teams.

While instant success shouldn’t be expected, it’s extremely important to understand that it can still indicate the direction of this program. Even though MSU isn’t the college football powerhouse that it was just a few years ago, there is no reason to believe that this team can’t win three games in a season.

With the aid of the schedule release, MSU twitter is beginning to remember that Michigan State is capable of beating Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Indiana. Suddenly, this massive hole we were in 24-plus hours ago disappeared upon the seeing this schedule.

So as fans begin to realize that maybe this program isn’t among the ranks of Rutgers and Kansas, I’m here to reinforce that idea and explain the negative side of Mel Tucker getting off to a bad start.