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While the Big Ten still has no 2020 season in sight, the rest of the country is moving on with no intentions of adjusting their schedule.

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For most of the country, the college football season has arrived. This weekend marks the first week of games, even if some of the biggest programs don’t have a schedule to speak of.

The Spartans were supposed to be coming off of their first game of the season against Northwestern. Instead, as things currently stand, there is no season at all. Mel Tucker’s first season as head coach may not start for another full year. There will almost certainly be a big hole in the schedule of most MSU fans this fall.

Despite that, most college football fans don’t expect to take anything resembling a break from watching the game. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, two-thirds of college football fans said they would watch at least the same amount of football this year compared to previous years, if not more.

For now, those games don’t include the Pac-12 or the Big Ten. However, the latter has made plenty of noise about attempting to figure out a plan to play this season. While nothing has materialized yet, there is no doubt an appetite for games whenever they would potentially be scheduled.

But that doesn’t mean the rest of the country is willing to wait around.

The biggest impact this could have on other conferences is what happens to bowl season. A late start to the Big Ten could make for an awkward selection process. But well over half of fans said they don’t want the bowl schedule changed to fit one conference’s schedule.

If the Big Ten does come to some agreement, no matter how far-fetched that feels at the moment, and there are games played, there is no telling what a potential postseason would look like. With that in mind, it would be tough to think of an adjusted Big Ten season as anything more than a series of scrimmages against local teams.

While there may be fewer games being played in the midwest right now, there is still plenty of interest in matchups that do make it to the field. According to the survey, among this week’s slate of games, more than two-thirds of fans are most excited about BYU playing Navy on Monday.

Even if the Big Ten doesn’t end up playing this year, fans still have their opinions on the Michigan State program. As of right now, those opinions are high on the Spartans.

It’s likely that fans are taking a big picture view of things with MSU at the moment. It would be a surprise to find too many fans who would have expected a double-digit win season had 2020 been played as expected, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t trending in the right direction.

With a new head coach in place, there is clearly renewed optimism in East Lansing.

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