There was a chance for Michigan State football to sneak into a bowl game on Saturday night if either Georgia Southern or UNLV lost.
Both won their games, effectively ending Michigan State’s season.
The season felt like it just needed to be over anyways. Coaching changes needed to be made, players needed to either move on or buy in, and Mel Tucker needed to reflect on what went wrong so he could make sure it never happens again.
But there’s been a new development that may halt all of that.
On Monday, UNLV fired head coach Marcus Arroyo and it was reported by Brett McMurphy that it could potentially cause them to decline a bowl invite.
If this is the case, Michigan State would be in line for an invite.
Should Michigan State football accept an invite?
Tucker didn’t say after the Penn State loss if his team would accept an invite, but I think the answer here is obvious: you have to accept.
The only way for the program to grow is through extra practice and preparation. Getting the young guys more acclimated with live action and getting in another month of practice would be huge for this team.
If I’m Tucker, I’m not thinking twice about this, I’m accepting an invite. Sure, the depth has taken a hit with injuries and suspensions, but there’s really no solid reason as to why the Spartans should skip bowl season if invited.
Does MSU deserve a bowl after going 5-7 thanks to a blown 17-point lead against Indiana? Probably not, but you take this invite and run with it.