The result didn’t go as planned. But exactly one year ago, Michigan State played in the College Football Playoff.
Reflecting on his program’s past place in the CFP, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said he expects a return following a disappointing 2016 season.
“One year ago today, the Spartans stood on the Big Stage in College Football,” Dantonio tweeted on Saturday. “We will rise up again. Put your name on it.”
Dantonio then ended the tweet with the hashtag #2017Spartans.
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio:
One year ago today, the Spartans stood on the Big Stage in College Football . We will rise up again. Put your name on it. #2017Spartans
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) December 31, 2016
Under Dantonio, the Spartans went 13-1, 11-2 and 12-2 the previous three seasons. But they plummeted to 3-9 this season after a 2-0 start. They also lost to eventual Big Ten champion Penn State 45-12 to end the season. The losing record was the first since 2009, when Dantonio went 6-7. But he led the Spartans to 11-2 in 2010.
In 2015, Dantonio led the Spartans to a Big Ten title and a spot in the CFP. Alabama routed Michigan State 38-0.
Michigan State opens its 2017 season at home against Bowling Green on Sept. 2.