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Michigan State football: Opponents I’d like to see the Spartans schedule

Here’s who I want the football team to schedule.



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If I had it my way, here’s who I would schedule for Michigan State football in future non-conference play.

The Michigan State football spring game just concluded on Saturday and that officially has me ready for football season once again. With football now on our minds, I thought it would be fun to once again take control of what our future Spartans’ schedule will look like.

In part one of this series, I gave my thoughts on what non-conference opponents I want Michigan State basketball to schedule (here), and in part two we are going to do the same thing for football.

By selecting one team from each conference, this is who I want MSU to schedule a home and home series with (one game at Spartan Stadium and one true road game) from a fan’s perspective.

SEC: LSU Tigers

Everyone always says “We want Bama” but I definitely don’t — not yet at least. Our Spartans may not be ready to play the Alabamas of the college football world, but they might surprise some people in a matchup against LSU.

There isn’t much history between the two programs as LSU has won the only meeting back in 1995, but there is definitely a fair amount of bad blood between the two programs to make this matchup interesting. Nick Saban leaving us for LSU back in 1999 still upsets a lot of Spartan fans today and the Tigers’ new head coach Brian Kelly has a lot of history with MSU. Kelly was the head coach at CMU for three years, losing to MSU the one time they faced each other, and then most recently at Notre Dame where he had a 4-2 record against the Spartans (more to come on Notre Dame later).

The matchup versus Brian Kelly alone is enough for me to want to get LSU on our schedule, and while we may have almost no chance of winning in Death Valley, I think we could surprise a lot of people and get the win in East Lansing.

ACC: Pittsburgh Panthers

Pitt is led by former longtime MSU assistant coach Pat Narduzzi who played a massive role in the success our program saw under Mark Dantonio, and for that, I am forever grateful.

But who can forget the choice words Narduzzi had after MSU beat Pittsburgh in the 2021 Peach Bowl when he said about MSU, “If that’s one of the best Big Ten teams, let’s go to the Big Ten and win it every year.” That right there folks, is delusion at its finest. How did Pittsburgh do this past season, you might ask? A decent 9-4 season with a team that would struggle to win that many games in the Big Ten.

MSU and Pitt have played eight times in their history, with the Spartans winning seven games and the eighth being a tie. I expect that dominance to continue with MSU winning both the home and road matchup in this series.

Pac-12: Colorado Buffalos

There really isn’t much to say about Colorado, its program stinks and it has for a very long time. However, as I’m sure you all know, Colorado is where Mel Tucker last coached before Michigan State and its fans, to this day, still complain about him leaving.

I know Tuck would love the opportunity to put them back in their place. This matchup is now a lot more interesting after Colorado hired Deion Sanders this offseason, but I’m not buying any of that hype. College football fans are expecting him to raise Colorado out of the ashes, but I personally don’t see that happening there any time soon.

Michigan State football, once again, has not lost a game in this series (3-0 all time) and I again would pick the Spartans to win both of these games in a somewhat dominant fashion and put an end to all the delusional Deion hype and make their fanbase even angrier that Tuck left their program.

Big 12: Baylor Bears

I picked the Baylor Bears to be the Big 12 matchup for MSU hoops and I’m picking them once again for football. Baylor has its up-and-down seasons as a program, very similar to MSU, but it is a very respectable program out of the Big 12.

With Oklahoma and Texas leaving for the SEC, I expect Baylor to become one of the premier programs in the conference making this matchup all the more exciting.

Michigan State football is once again undefeated in this series (2-0 all-time) with the most recent win being one of the all-time classics in Spartan history when they stormed back in the 2015 Cotton Bowl to erase a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit to win by one point. I was lucky enough to be at that game and would love to watch these two programs play again.

I believe MSU would get the win in East Lansing but would struggle to do the same in Waco, Texas, so I think a series split is likely in this matchup.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

I do not like Notre Dame. I do not like how their university and program act and I hate how arrogant their fans come across. Also, join a conference already; still being an Independent in 2023 is lame. I think our friends down the road in Ann Arbor would agree that not having the Irish on our schedules regularly is ridiculous as Notre Dame is likely both of our schools’ biggest non-conference rival.

Notre Dame has unfortunately been pretty dominant in this rivalry, leading the series 49-29-1, but I do not see a way we lose this game the first time we play them again in Spartan Stadium.

Thankfully, we do not have to wait much longer for this matchup as we are scheduled to face off against the Irish on the road in 2026 and then in East Lansing in 2027, and I personally can not wait to scream my head off as I watch MSU destroy Notre Dame in Spartan Stadium.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



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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.

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

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



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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.

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

This may surprise you.



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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.

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