Connect with us


How will Big Ten’s scheduling changes affect Michigan State football?

Michigan State may actually be helped by the rule changes.



Michigan State football
© Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten is making some changes to its scheduling requirements. How will that affect Michigan State football?

Non-conference scheduling in the Big Ten might be getting easier for Michigan State football and the rest of the league in 2024.

With the additions of USC and UCLA to the conference, Big Ten leaders and officials are examining the current scheduling rules in place and looking to see if any changes need to be made.

Since 2016 Big Ten schools have been “required” to play a Power Five team in their non-conference schedule. School officials can ask for exemptions and for certain non-Power Five teams to count (such as Notre Dame, BYU, the military schools, and others). The only team in the Big Ten to not play a Power Five team in their non-conference schedule this past season was Michigan. UConn was the replacement. This was the Wolverine’s second consecutive year with no Power Five opponent in their non-conference schedule.

The Big Ten is “strongly considering” removing this rule according to Brett McMurphy of The Action Network. If the rule is removed the change would take place in 2024 with the addition of USC and UCLA. It would also be the first season with the extended 12-team playoff.

The removal of the rule would not prohibit Big Ten teams from scheduling Power Five teams in the non-conference. It is also expected that the amount of conference games teams play per season would stay the same.

Let’s look at some previous Michigan State football games this rule has given us.

Michigan State football non-conference Power Five matchups

2016: Michigan State played both Notre Dame and BYU in their non-conference schedule in 2016. Both of these teams satisfied the requirement. The Spartans split with a Notre Dame victory in South Bend, but a home loss to the Cougars.

2017: Michigan State played the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame again, this time at Spartan Stadium. The location was different from 2016, and so was the result as the Spartans fell 38-18.

2018: Michigan State traveled out west to the desert in a grueling, grind-it-out game in the vicious heat to play Arizona State. MSU narrowly lost to the Sun Devils 16-13. Entering the 4th quarter Michigan State held a 13-3 lead, but gave up 13 straight unanswered to lose the game.

2019: Michigan State played Arizona State again, this time in East Lansing. However, the result was the same as MSU lost by three points in a low-scoring game. Matt Coghlin shanked a game-winning field goal attempt from 47 yards out as time expired. The worst part? He made the previous kick from 42 yards but there was a flag for 12 men on the field. Yikes.

2020: Voided due to COVID-19.

2021: MSU traveled down to Miami and Kenneth Walker III ran all over the Hurricanes. 38-17 victory for MSU.

2022: Last season had one of the uglier games on the list as Washington dominated MSU in Seattle. The final score was only 39-28 in favor of the Huskies, but Washington jumped out to a 29-8 lead at halftime and never looked back. Washington was led by quarterback Michael Penix who went for an absurd 397.

2023: The Spartans have a rematch lined up with Penix and Washington again, this time in East Lansing.

Overall in these games since 2016, MSU is a measly 2-5. Perhaps the rule change if made could be a positive change for Michigan State football.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



Michigan State football
© Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington vs. Michigan State football rematch is on Sept. 16, and the Spartans have revenge on their minds.

The game time for the Washington vs. Michigan State football game was just announced and is one I think most Michigan State fans will be happy with. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

This is a great start time for Michigan State fans. That will give fans plenty of time to travel to East Lansing, enjoy a tailgate and get into the stadium. On top of that, the game will get down around 8 p.m. ET which is good for the crowd that does not like to be out late.

However, I think a lot of fans were hoping for a noon start time in this game. A noon start would have been a 9 a.m. local time for Washington, likely giving the Spartans a slight advantage. It’s no surprise seeing this big of a game scheduled in the evening to avoid that.

On top of the game time announcement, where the game will be aired on TV was also announced. This is where the good news ends. The Spartans game against Washington will only be available for streaming on Peacock. That means Spartan fans at home will have to pay to watch this game. However, a simple Google search showed me that Peacock currently only costs $20 for the entire year. A lot of Big Ten football and basketball games will only be available on Peacock this season, so that may not be a bad investment to make right now if you can.

What would a win mean for Michigan State football?

Michigan State will have revenge on its mind in this game. Washington beat the Spartans last season in Seattle 39-28. The game however did not feel that close. Michigan State made a late comeback to make the final score look respectable, but a lot of fans will tell you we never really stood a chance.

Washington will likely be a top 10 heading into this matchup, so Michigan State has a great opportunity in front of it. A win would would help spring the Spartans into the conference season with a lot of positive momentum.

Continue Reading


Jordan Hall hosts second annual free youth football camp (Video)

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



Jordan Hall
© Nick King/Lansing State Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Michigan State freshman linebacker Jordan Hall continues to show just why he’s one of the best out there.

Jordan Hall is already showing signs of being the next great Spartan on and off the field.

The Michigan State freshman linebacker was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. However, he most recently moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play football at IMG Academy.

This past weekend, Hall returned home to Fredericksburg to host his second annual free Jordan Hall Youth Football Camp.

Hall has already been making a name for himself on the field for the Spartans this spring. His play and effort has been praised by fellow players and coaches alike. IMG Academy has a long history of producing high-quality athletes. This makes Hall’s tenure in the program even more noteworthy. He became the first three-time captain in IMG Academy history.

When coaches are recruiting players, they are hoping to find the perfect mix of talent and character. You don’t become a three-time captain of a storied school like IMG Academy without having both.

In a recent interview with Spartan Shadows, Cryeeta Hall said of her son, “One of his favorite things he loves to do is teach the game of football to kids. He loves to coach.”

Michigan State fans are excited to see what Jordan Hall can contribute on the field, but his character off the field so far is creating just as much excitement. When you see a young man with the heart and determination to give back to his hometown, it lets fans know this is the sort of player you can to rally around and support. Mel Tucker has shown intentionality in his recruiting. He has a specific type of player that he’s looking for. Jordan Hall epitomizes a Tucker type of player.

Hall has the potential to earn immediate playing time this year as a true freshman. I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d wager that we’ll see him as a team captain for the green and white sooner than later.

Continue Reading


Mel Tucker is best coach in the Big Ten when it comes to one stat

This may surprise you.



Mel Tucker

Mel Tucker is the best coach in the conference when it comes to this one surprising stat.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is one of the best coaches in the Big Ten when it comes to close games.

This may surprise some considering two of Tucker’s three years at Michigan State have resulted in losing seasons. But the data shows that Tucker knows how to come out on top when the game is close.

He has been at Michigan State since 2020. During that three year timeframe he boasts a 10-1 record in games decided by 10 points or less which is the best record in the conference during that span.

Here is a list of all 11 of those games:


  • at Michigan (W 27-24)
  • vs. Northwestern (W 29-20)


  • vs. Nebraska (W 23-20)
  • at Indiana (W 20-15)
  • vs. Michigan (W 37-33)
  • vs. Penn State (W 30-27)
  • vs. Pittsburgh (W 31-21)


  • vs. Wisconsin (W 34-28)
  • at Illinois (W 23-15)
  • vs. Rutgers (W 27-21)
  • vs. Indiana (L 39-31)

How impressive is this really?

A 10-1 record when games are within 10 points is extremely impressive. The only loss on this list is Indiana from last season, a game Michigan State likely should have one. The Spartans ended up losing in overtime to the Hoosiers, but were a chip shot field goal away from winning in regulation. That is a field goal college kickers make almost every time, so Tucker’s one loss on this list could easily have been another win.

Regardless, 10-1 is the best winning percentage in games decided by 10 points or less in the Big Ten during that three-year span.

This is how the rest of the Big Ten teams fared during this same timeframe:

  1. Michigan State: 10-1 (.909)
  2. Maryland: 8-3 (.727)
  3. Iowa: 11-5 (.688)
  4. Indiana: 7-4 (.636)
  5. Purdue: 12-7 (.632)
  6. Ohio State: 3-2 (.600)
  7. Michigan: 6-4 (.600)
  8. Minnesota: 9-7 (.563)
  9. Rutgers: 7-6 (.538)
  10. Wisconsin: 6-7 (.462)
  11. Penn State: 5-7 (.417)
  12. Northwestern: 5-9 (.357)
  13. Illinois: 6-11 (.353)
  14. Nebraska: 5-16 (.238)

What does this tell us about Mel Tucker?

One thing this tells us is the Tuck is a great in game coach in tight situations. No coach goes 10-1 in close games by accident. Sometimes there is a lot of luck involved with winning close games, but that’s not necessarily the case when you win them this efficiently. Anyone can close a game out when you are up by 20, but not everyone can win a close game in the closing seconds.

This statistic is not all good though. Michigan State has won 18 games during the past three seasons. This means that over half of the games Mel Tucker has won at Michigan State have been within 10 points. For a program with extremely high goals, that fact is a little scary.

As I mentioned before, sometimes luck has to be on your side to win these close games. So relying on winning a lot of close games to have a great season is not a recipe for success.

One things for sure though, as long as Mel Tucker is the coach at Michigan State, we stand a very good chance at winning any close game.

Continue Reading