1. Make the Big Ten Championship Game its own
Michigan State has only won nine Big Ten championships in its long and storied history.
By comparison, Michigan owns at least a piece of 42, Ohio State 37, and Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa have more titles, too.
However, under Mark Dantonio, MSU has been in three of the seven Big Ten Championship games, winning two of them and losing the inaugural thriller to Wisconsin in a 42-39 classic.
Out of all the great things Dantonio has been able to accomplish, this has been among the strongest. This year, getting back could be truly special considering what it means to the rivals.
As hard as it has been to be a Michigan fan lately, seeing MSU play in four of these things in eight years is a special twist of the knife, considering the Wolverines have yet to be in one.
Ohio State has been in three, and Iowa, Nebraska and Penn State have all gone once.
Wisconsin might seem like a permanent fixture in the championship with five appearances, but it joins MSU with two titles.
If the Spartans can get to this game at 11-1 and win it, they’ll be the leaders in the Big Ten pack when it comes to Big Ten Championship Game wins.
And they’ll be off to the College Football Playoff.