The 2015 and 2016 conference schedules were announced Monday by the Big Ten office, which were approved last Tuesday by the league’s athletic directors. The Spartans will open both seasons against their “big brother,” the Michigan Wolverines, whom the Spartans have beaten the past four years.
Obviously, the Paul Bunyan Trophy will be fought for a little sooner than usual. In my opinion, the past couple games between the Spartans and Wolverines have had more meaning because both teams were about midway through their seasons and were near the top of the Big Ten Standings. In 2015 and 2016, both teams will only have three or four games under their belt. Nevertheless, the rivalry will still be there and the game will be an absolute blood bath.
Here are all the conference match-ups for Michigan State in 2015 and 2016:
|1||Oct. 3 Michigan (Legends)||Oct. 1 at Michigan (Legends)|
|2||Oct. 10 at Iowa (Legends)||Oct. 8 Iowa (Legends)|
|3||Oct. 17 at Ohio State||Oct. 15 Ohio State|
|4||Oct. 24 Indiana||Oct. 22 at Indiana|
|5||Oct. 31 at Nebraska (Legends)||Oct. 29 Nebraska (Legends)|
|7||Nov. 14 Penn State||Nov. 12 at Penn State|
|8||Nov. 21 at Northwestern (Legends)||Nov. 19 Northwestern (Legends)|
|9||Nov. 28 Minnesota (Legends)||Nov. 26 at Minnesota (Legends)|
The Big Ten Championship game in 2015 will be held on Dec. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In 2016, the game will be held Dec. 3 at a site to be determined. Through 2016, FOX will serve as the official broadcast partner of the Big Ten Championship Games.
The 2012 Football Media Days and 41st annual Kickoff Luncheon will be held July 26 and 27 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. All 12 Big Ten coaches will be there, along with some of the nation’s top returning players from the conference.
The 2012 Big Ten football season kicks off Thursday, Aug. 30, when Minnesota plays at UNLV. The Michigan State Spartans will host Boise St. at Spartan Stadium Friday, Aug. 31. All other Big Ten teams open their season on Saturday, Sept. 1.
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