Michigan State Football: 3 bold predictions vs. Rutgers in 2020 opener

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Michigan State football gets a favorable matchup in the season opener against Rutgers so let’s get bold. Will the Spartans get the win?

It’s hard to believe the 2020 season is really about to start. After the offseason Big Ten teams have had, it’s really hard to believe that Friday will feature the first conference game of the year.

We were going to have a season and then we weren’t and then we were again. Michigan State fans are just excited to see their team take the field for the first time under Mel Tucker and the excitement is met by caution. Sure, the future could be bright, but there’s a ton for the new head coach to prove.

Rutgers will come to town on Saturday to kick off the Tucker era and there are still a number of question marks, including at the quarterback position, for the green and white. Luckily the Scarlet Knights are in the same boat.

What could we see from the Spartans on Saturday?

3. Theo Day looks like QB1, sews up the job

In case you don’t know this about me by now, I’m a huge believer in Theo Day’s potential. He has the size at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds and the arm to make plays and take control of the offense. And he has two years of experience on the roster already under his belt and he’s getting a fresh start with a new staff in charge.

Day might not get the start against Rutgers, though, as I believe the staff will go with the veteran Rocky Lombardi but all three gunslingers will get a shot.

I’m going to say Day looks the best of the three, throws for over 100 yards and a touchdown on 70 percent completions, sewing up that starting job for the remainder of the season. Maybe this is wishful thinking, but Day’s emergence is a gut feeling.