The likely Top 10 (possibly Top 5) clash between Oregon and Michigan State in the fall has drawn more attention now that Michigan State has elevated its program into the national spotlight with its breakout 2013-2014 season.
Michigan State University has moved it’s game with Oregon in Eugene from Saturday, September 13 to Saturday, September 6.
MSU opens the season with a game scheduled with Jacksonville State on Saturday, August 30. It previously had a bye week scheduled for Saturday, September 6. It is likely that the bye week simply switches to September 13. Technically, MSU will lose a week of preparation for the Ducks but I’m guessing it will just get rolled (unofficially, of course) into the Jacksonville State week.
From Oregon’s website:
Oregon and Michigan State will face one another for the first time in 15 years and the first time in Autzen Stadium since 1998. The date of the contest has been moved ahead one week earlier than was previously announced to accommodate a national television broadcast as well as insure the game would not be a night game. Michigan State is expected to be one of the highest-ranked non-conference opponents to travel to Eugene in recent memory.
Don’t be surprised if either ESPN’s College Gameday or Fox Sports 1 give the Spartans vs Ducks a strong look as the game of the week. If MSU follows it’s pattern as of late, it will move the opening weekend game against Jacksonville State to a Friday night start, giving its fans more of their Labor Day Weekend back.
While changes like this are definitely unusual, MSU’s program-altering Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship season makes them more likely… especially if the Spartans can sustain the excellence they started this year.
Another, less impactful change that was made is that the Eastern Michigan and Wyoming games are now flipped. EMU is now scheduled for September 20. Wyoming is scheduled for September 27. No word on if Homecoming is still scheduled for September 27.