Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Expectations Define A Program
One of the big misconceptions about the MSU-Michigan rivalry right now is MSU’s current winning streak over the Wolverines and what it means in the grand scheme of things.
While I clearly state that the Spartans have the edge on the Wolverines coming into the season due to the four-game winning streak, it doesn’t change the fact that MSU has a long way to go to catch up to Michigan on the overall spectrum of success.
Proof of that is this quote from Mark Dantonio at MSU’s Media Day on Monday. (From MSUSpartans.com)
I think we're in a position of contention. We always are. I think we are moving along. When you talk about where we wanted to go when we first came here, what we wanted to try to accomplish, we said want to build a foundation. We keep trying to build a foundation to try to get to that Rose Bowl. We're not there yet. We haven't made it there yet, but that's our goal.
They haven’t appeared in a Rose Bowl since 1988 and have only been to four in the history of the program.
Michigan, by comparison, has been to 20 Rose
Bowls and won eight of them.
expectations today aren’t necessarily for a national title either, as they
attempt to get back to where they were in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, they
have been there before.
In fact, prior to the arrival of Rich Rodriguez, fans grew tired of Lloyd Carr for his inability to get
Michigan into the national title picture.
Rose Bowl appearances had become more than just an expectation, they were a
standard. That is what put Michigan
into the elite of college football.
But it starts with an outright Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance. The Spartans probably need a Rose Bowl victory to really step up to that next level, but right now the hopes of the program are on a trip to
When the day comes that
State is contending for national
titles and making Rose Bowl appearances more often than not, that is the day
fans can truly worry.