No, the season hasn’t gone as the Michigan State football faithful thought it would. In fact, this is as close to the opposite as it can get. But whether we like it or not, there are still eight games left, including three against ranked teams.
With such little hope for the rest of the season, people may be looking for alternatives to watching coaching malfeasance and bonehead mistakes for 3.5 hours. Perhaps you’re thinking about taking up a new hobby or bettering your life through online classes.
I’m here to tell you stop, and give the Spartans some more love. And here’s why.
1. Four winnable games on the schedule
A lot of set an expectation of 8-9 wins this season which is completely fair for a coach going into his third full season and with a New Year’s Six bowl game victory under his belt on his record. But that coach is gone now, the Spartans are reeling after back-to-back losses, and they’re an 11.5-point underdog for Saturday’s contest against Iowa.
So, what games look like wins with the reality setting in that this team A) doesn’t have the talent to get to nine wins or B) has the talent but the coaches are failing to get the most out of that talent?
MSU can still snatch wins from Rutgers, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Indiana. Heck, they might even be favored in some of those games. It stings to be lumped in with that group of teams and think “Hey, I think they can beat them.” But this is the hand that the program has been dealt, and just like in life, you still have to put your best foot forward and win as many games as possible.