Right before the country took off for the 4th of July weekend, the Big Ten dropped significant news that impacts every Power 5 program. The USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins will be joining the Big Ten in the near future. This news has other programs scrambling to find a home in the Big Ten or SEC. There is a possibility that College Football will have two super conferences in the near future. If so, how will this impact the Michigan State Spartans?
The Fun Part
First, the fun part, Michigan State will have a lot more money to play with. Insiders claim that the Big Ten is working on a billion-dollar TV deal that could pay its colleges an estimated $100 million annually. That is per school. This comes at a perfect time for MSU, which recently gave head coach Mel Tucker a 10-year $95 million contract. Michigan State trustees also recently approved an additional $67 million for the “Tom Izzo Football Building” project. The additional money from adding the two west coast teams comes as MSU tries become a national powerhouse.
Playing in potentially significant games and starting new rivalries will only garner more attention for the Spartans. The additional money will help MSU’s recruiting efforts as they build new facilities and pay for an elite staff. Tucker has already earned MSU fans’ trust on the field; now, let’s see what he can do with more money to play with.
The Not So Fun Part
Unfortunately, the addition of USC and UCLA brings its baggage too. The bad news is the Big Ten adds one of the best coaches, Lincoln Riley (USC), to the league. MSU must play Ohio State, Penn State, and Michigan yearly, and Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota in other years. Now, with USC in the mix, Michigan State’s chances at a Big Ten championship harder than in previous years. Michigan State will need to play a nearly perfect season to return to the College Football Playoffs. There are endless ramifications to USC and UCLA’s decision to join the Big Ten; let’s hope the positive outweigh the negative.
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Although MSU may have a harder time winning the championship, the competition may prove to better the program.
Great read, as a Michigan fan, I think this will make both of our programs much more competitive and I for one cannot wait!
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