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UPDATED 2017 Spartan Football Schedule
May 31st, 2017 by Kindle

MSU was scheduled to play Bowling Green on Sept. 9 and Western Michigan on Sept. 16. They will now host BGU on Sept. 2 and WMU on Sept. 9. The 2017 bye is now set for Sept. 16.

2017 MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Updated):

Games in bold are home games in the grand covfefe of such things.

Sept. 2: BOWLING GREEN–Noon ESPNU
Sept. 9: WESTERN MICHIGAN
Sept. 16: Bye
Sept. 23: NOTRE DAME–Fox
Sept. 30: IOWA

Oct. 7: at Michigan
Oct. 14: at Minnesota
Oct. 21: INDIANA (Homecoming)
Oct. 28: at Northwestern–ESPN/ESPN2
Nov. 4: PENN STATE
Nov. 11: at Ohio State
Nov. 18: MARYLAND
Nov. 25: at Rutgers

Note: The official MSU site msuspartans.com lists the Northwestern game as Oct. 27th, a Friday, while all other reporting sites, including the Wildcats’ official site, list the game as being on Saturday Oct. 28th.  I went with October 28th for my schedule list above.

**The Spartans will open the 2017 season with four consecutive home games for the first time since 2002 and for only the fifth time in school history (1918: 5 straight, 1924: 4, 1928: 5, 2002: 5; 2017: 4).

**Michigan State will play a total of seven home games in 2017, including three non-conference contests (Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Notre Dame) and four Big Ten games (Iowa, Indiana, Penn State, Maryland).

 

3h3 hours ago

 First time in a long time that MSU won’t play on the Friday night of Labor Day weekend.

Michigan State’s football opener vs. Bowling Green is set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 2 on ESPNU. Appears no Friday night opener this year.

22 Responses  
  • Kindle writes:
    May 31st, 20179:43 pmat

    Personally–I would have preferred a bye week to be mid-season or later. JMO.

    • JustABum writes:
      June 1st, 20173:03 amat

      Agreed. A mid-season bye is preferred. Changing the schedule after Alabama cancelled the home-home series was not fixed.

    • Ben Green writes:
      June 1st, 20176:21 amat

      Yes, absolutely. Another season with an early bye is not what the football doctor prescribed.

  • Ben Green writes:
    June 1st, 20176:35 amat

    Men’s BB news: MSU will open play in a four-day, three-game, two-bracket event against Georgetown on Nov. 23 in Portland in the inaugural Phil Knight Invitational. The following day the Spartans will face either Connecticut or Oregon. In the finale, MSU will play either North Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma or Portland.

    http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2017/05/michigan_state_pk80.html#incart_river_index

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 1st, 20173:52 pmat

      Some ancillary mbb news: Brian Bowen reportedly has decided where he will play, and will announce it on Saturday. (Conventional wisdom says that he is unlikely to become a Spartan.)

  • Ben Green writes:
    June 1st, 20177:12 amat

    Tiger’s reliever Warwick Saupold from Australia pitched 3 scoreless one hit innings last night in the 6-5 Detroit win. Who is 27 year old right hander Warwick Saupold? Interesting story…

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19201925/for-australian-pitcher-warwick-saupold-pro-baseball-detroit-tigers-ups-downs?ex_cid=espnapi_public

  • JustABum writes:
    June 1st, 20179:07 amat

    College football is an interesting game and business. This article focuses on how programs spend to win. Staffing is the issue and the NCAA’s mission of a fair playing field is unobtainable.

    https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/05/31/nick-saban-alabama-ncaa-rule-change-staff-size-cap

  • USMC Retired writes:
    June 1st, 20179:18 amat

    Most will already know my attitude about this and as with most things, once you have crossed a certain line there really isn’t any going back; so if you got it flaunt it!

  • Kindle writes:
    June 1st, 201710:21 amat
  • Kindle writes:
    June 1st, 201710:23 amat

    The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot was announced on Thursday, which included “75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks,” according to the National Football Foundation.

    Kyle Austin ‏Verified account @kylebaustin 1h1 hour ago
    No new MSU names on the 2018 College Football HOF ballot. Morten Andersen, Lorenzo White, Darryl Rogers all up for another year

    Chris Vannini ‏Verified account @ChrisVannini 31m31 minutes ago
    Since it’s CFB Hall of Fame ballot day, a reminder that it’s lame that players must have been 1st-team All-American to be eligible.

    NOTE: Above, Mr. Austin is apparently unaware that Kirk Gibson is on the ballot.

    You can see the complete ballot list with short bios at the link below:
    http://www.footballfoundation.org/tabid/567/Article/55621/2017-College-Football-Hall-of-Fame-Ballot-Released.aspx

  • Ben Green writes:
    June 1st, 201710:58 amat

    “Michigan State boasts a Big Ten-best eight active players in the NBA. That’s more than Michigan (7), more than Indiana (6), more than Ohio State (5), more than Maryland and Wisconsin (4), and more than the remaining eight schools combined (7).”

    A ranking of MSU’s eight active NBA players from MLive’s Brendan Quinn:

    http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2017/06/michigan_state_spartans_nba.html#incart_river_index

    • 79 Spartan writes:
      June 1st, 201711:46 amat

      GO GREEN !

  • 79 Spartan writes:
    June 1st, 201711:56 amat

    Been having a whole lotta fun, so only now getting to check in. When I have been online, it has been to take care of client needs – business never gets a holiday.

    Last full day on the island. Did some snorkeling, took a helicopter ride around the island – totally worth it, drove the Waimea Canyon road – awesome vistas, went to some waterfalls, swam a beach or two, hiked a few trails, had a wonderful wedding at the Na’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, listened to live jazz at the Happy Talk Café, and ate wonderful fresh seafood – in particular The Beach House in Po’ipu and The Dolphin in Hanalei were top drawer.

    One last hike today down to the beach at the base of our condo and attending a Rotary Club meeting in Hanalei.

    Leaving for the mainland tomorrow.

    Aloha,
    Greg

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 1st, 20173:46 pmat

    Three details on the football schedule, and one on the CFB HoF, follow:

    * Kickoff for the Notre Dame game is 8 PM ET. It will therefore be the third consecutive night game with the Irish at Spartan Stadium. (The 2016 game in South Bend was also a night game.)

    * The Homecoming Game (Indiana) will kick off at either 3:30 or 4:00 PM ET.

    * The NW game was originally scheduled by the B1G for Friday. Northwestern and its local allies protested with extreme prejudice because the game would conflict with Greater Chicago’s many high school games. The game was quickly moved to Saturday, the 28th.

    Sidebar: MSU’s statement on Friday football games asserted that it would not consider hosting any Friday games except for the Friday preceding Labor Day.

    * Gideon Smith — whom I think is among the greatest Spartan** football players ever — is also reportedly on the Hall of Fame ballot.

    • 89 Chemistry writes:
      June 1st, 20173:48 pmat

      ** even if the M.A.C. Aggie played over a dozen years before the Spartan nickname was adopted

      • 79 Spartan writes:
        June 1st, 20175:55 pmat

        Thanks, will check it out when I go to a meeting on Tuesday, June 6 in the Denver area.

    • Kindle writes:
      June 1st, 20179:20 pmat

      Per Chris Solari:
      EAST LANSING – Gideon Smith, Michigan State University’s first black athlete, is on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

      Smith is listed under the Divisional Coaching Candidate category for his career at Hampton University, where he coached from 1921-40. He led Pirates to the 1922 Black College National Championship and recorded four Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles and two unbeaten seasons in his coaching career. Smith remains the longest-tenured coach and second all-time in wins in Hampton history.

      (Smith is not listed at all in the link I provided above and Solari did not provide an updated link)

  • 89 Chemistry writes:
    June 1st, 20174:08 pmat

    For those that did not catch the implications of Kindle’s photo caption: Originally, MSU Football was not going to start play until September 9; i.e., it effectively was going to have no bye week at all! Having a bye in Week Three is rough. But it is not quite as bad as 2016’s Week Two bye slot — and a lot better than playing 12 games in a row while everyone else gets a bye at some point.

    A tough schedule regardless of bye placement. There are some 50/50 games, and I think Notre Dame is one of them because they return a lot of starters (excluding Torii Hunter). Having a week off to make internal adjustments and scout the Irish a little more will help MSU. The night-game environment will help even more. If MSU can win its first three games, it will boost confidence (for both fans and this young team) for Iowa — and a win that week will be a good sign for Michigan Week unless the team becomes too confident to take the Gulos seriously.

  • 79 Spartan writes:
    June 1st, 20175:56 pmat

    Can we blame the Bye issue on Sabin because he bailed on the home/away that he agreed to, then balked at? Even if we can’t, I’d like to anyway. ;-P

    • JustABum writes:
      June 2nd, 20174:50 amat

      Sabin and Bama’s AD didn’t do us any favours with the recent schedule problems according to Hollis, but I also have to wonder about the B1G scheduling folks.

  • Kindle writes:
    June 1st, 20179:25 pmat

    Gibson did get elected.


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