Breaking Down the Michigan State Spartans Win Total
2020-05-30 12:00:00 EDT
The Michigan State Spartans look to improve off of a disappointing college football season.
In 2019, Michigan State put up a fairly solid campaign on the surface. The Spartans went 7-6 overall and 4-5 in a tough Big Ten conference, earning a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl where they powered out a win over Wake Forest 27-21. This season, Michigan State will look to move up in the East Division standings and bring home another bowl victory if all goes well. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Let’s take a closer look at Michigan State’s current status and break down their chances at hitting five victories this year.
Michigan State has now finished 7-6 overall in consecutive years, but this time coming off a bowl victory feels a little more positive starting off a new campaign. The Spartans’ 2019 season started off really well at 4-1 (with a 10-7 loss to Arizona State the only blemish). The schedule started getting difficult in October however, as the Spartans lost their next five games—four of those against ranked teams. To their credit, Michigan State was able to rebound in their final two outings to secure the bowl appearance, and though the Spartans would certainly like to have the Arizona State and Illinois games back, it was a nice year considering the difficult conference.
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In any case, 2020 marks a new era for Michigan State. The team brings in a new coaching staff of OC Jay Johnson, DC Scottie Hazelton and head coach Mel Tucker who will try to return the program to its glory days. That’s going to be a difficult task considering the weird offseason; the new crew won’t have a whole lot of time to get reps in with their players and evaluate the team’s strengths. It will be a challenge for this 2020 Spartans team to return to a bowl game, but the path is potentially there.
Looking at the schedule, Michigan State has a few relatively manageable matchups to start off the season. Those games will be crucial for the team as they try to find an identity before the Big Ten slate opens up. There’s an intimidating matchup at Iowa to start off October, then the one-two punch of Michigan and Ohio State. A trip to Penn State looms large near the end of the year, but finishing off with Rutgers and Maryland is about the best situation the Spartans could ask for.
Pick: I like the over. Not because I’m super high on Michigan State this year; five wins just seems like a realistic goal for this team. The Spartans are going to have to get their wins mostly on the bookends of the schedule, as they’re still likely not ready to compete in the Big Ten. Michigan State does draw a few softer conference matchups though, so we could see the team move up the standings a bit in 2020.
2020 Michigan State Spartans Football Schedule
Day, Date Opponent
Saturday, September 5 Northwestern
Saturday, September 12 at BYU
Saturday, September 19 Toledo
Saturday, September 26 Miami (FL)
Saturday, October 3 at Iowa
Saturday, October 10 Michigan
Saturday, October 17 Ohio State
Saturday, October 24 at Indiana
Saturday, October 31 Minnesota
Saturday, November 7 OPEN
Saturday, November 14 at Penn State
Saturday, November 21 Rutgers
Saturday, November 28 at Maryland
Saturday, December 5 Big Ten Championship