The Michigan State Spartans return to Spartan Stadium to open Big Ten play while the Minnesota Golden Gophers visit East Lansing for the first time since 2013. The teams were originally scheduled to meet at Spartan Stadium in 2020 before the shortened season canceled the matchup. As a result, the last meeting was held in Minneapolis in 2017.
Michigan State and Minnesota will meet for the 48th time ever, but only the second time since the Legends and Leaders divisions were dissolved. It should mark the start of a six-year streak, as the Spartans just wrapped up against Northwestern in the 2021 season.
However, this seems unlikely as the Big Ten is set to expand again. Hopefully there won’t be a nine-year hiatus between visits from the Golden Gophers as a result of expansion and pandemics.
Head coach PJ Fleck will be a familiar face in an otherwise unfamiliar series due to a hiatus. Fleck appeared twice as Western Michigan’s head coach and again in his first season at the helm in Minneapolis in 2017 against Michigan State.
RV/RV Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0) vs. No. 21/RV Michigan State Spartans (2-1)
date: Saturday 24 Sept
kicking off: 3:40 p.m. ET
quotas acc DraftKing’s sports book: Michigan State is a 2.5-point underdog against Minnesota with a 51 over/under
TV: Big Ten Network
Web/Mobile: FOX Sports app
Play by play: Brandon Gaudin
analyst: Joshua Perry
side lines: Rick Pizzo
RADIO: Spartan Media Network
Play by play: Georg Blaha
analyst: Jayson Streuhorn
sideline: Steve Courtney
Broadcast host: Will Tieman
website/mobile: msuspartans.com/MSU Spartans app/Turn on radio
flagship stations: Lansing: WMMQ (94.9 FM)/WJIM (1240 AM); Detroit: WJR (760 AM); Grand Rapids: WBFX (101.3 FM)
affiliates: 24 affiliates listed under msuspartans.com
satellite: CH 83 (Sirius/XM), chap. 83 (SiriusXM.com/App)
Show before the game: Begins at 2:00 p.m. ET
location: East Lansing, Michigan
Stadion: Spartan Stadium (74,866)
Turn up: natural grass
All-Time Series: MSU leads, 30-17
Series in East Lansing: MSU leads, 17-6
Last meeting: State of Michigan 30, Minnesota 27 (2017)
Current series series: MSU at five (since 2010)
Michigan State Head Coach: Mel Tucker
MSU Record: 15-8 (third year)
Overall record: 20-15 (fourth year)
Record against Minnesota: 0-0
Minnesota Head Coach: PJ Fleck
Minnesota record: 38-23 (sixth year)
Overall record: 68-45 (10th year)
Record against MSU: 0-3
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