We are just a couple of weeks into the offseason and Michigan State football is making some serious waves and the nation is taking notice.
While not all teams are in the offseason yet, I am considering all teams that did not make the playoff being in "offseason" mode. That's not a knock on bowl teams, but the main focus for non-New Year's Six teams is likely next season. Heck, even some in the NY6 are shifting their focus with a number of important players opting to sit out.
So out of all the non-playoff teams, it might be safe to say that Michigan State is having the best start to December out of any team in college football.
Don't believe me? Let's break down the Spartans' wins this month:
First, the Spartans hired Jonathan Smith away from his alma mater after a second straight successful season at a historically-mediocre Oregon State football program. He brought with him his offensive line coach, tight ends coach, defensive backs coach, running backs coach, defensive line coach, and some recruiting staffers. That's huge considering these guys all know how to develop and win.
Then, Smith convinced some guys to withdraw from the portal or "lock in" -- Darius Snow, Ethan Boyd, and Brandon Baldwin come to mind as withdrawing while Jordan Hall locked in. Oh, and he also got top commit Nick Marsh to lock in and buy into the new vision for the program.
And then Smith retained Courtney Hawkins and hired Joe Rossi as his defensive coordinator after leading three top-10 defenses at Minnesota over the past five years.
Lastly, he's been on fire on the recruiting trail, landing Makhi Frazier, Wyatt Hook, and Brandon Tullis to go along with No. 1 transfer portal quarterback Aidan Chiles. And he's nowhere near done yet.
The month has seemed like nothing but wins for the Spartans thus far and you'd be hard-pressed to find a program that has had a better December to this point.