Michigan State Playing Three Night Games This Season
Three of Michigan State's 12 regular season football games in 2014 will come at night, and two of them will be in East Lansing.
The Big Ten conference announced on Tuesday the slate of prime-time games for its TV network. It includes the Spartans' first-ever Big Ten matchup at Maryland, 8 p.m. on Nov. 15. From the Big Ten news release:
Michigan State at Maryland. This should be an interesting battle between the Spartans’ always-stout defense and a Terrapins’ offense that should be Randy Edsall’s best in his four seasons. In fact, this could be a key battle to determine pecking order in the rugged Big Ten East. The schools have met just five times, with MSU holding a 4-1 edge. But they haven’t met since 1950, when the Terps stunned the No. 2-ranked Spartans with a 34-7 win in East Lansing. That was Michigan State’s lone loss of the season. MSU hasn’t been to College Park since 1944, where the first—and only–meeting in the series took place.
Michigan State's season opener versus Jacksonville State on Friday, Aug. 29 also will be a night game, as will the game versus Nebraska on Oct. 4.
Here's more on night games for Big Ten teams from the conference:
Across all networks, Ohio State and Nebraska lead the way with four prime-time games.
OSU will play three in Columbus: Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 (ESPN/ABC); Cincinnati on Sept. 27; Illinois on Nov. 1 (ESPN/ABC). The Buckeyes also will play at night at Penn State on Oct. 25 (ESPN/ABC). That’s three ESPN/ABC telecasts; one BTN.
Nebraska will have two on ESPN/ABC and two on BTN. In addition to the BTN telecasts, the Huskers will play host to Miami (Fla.) on Sept. 20 and go to Michigan State on Oct. 4 on ESPN/ABC.
Penn State will have three prime-time games, going to Michigan on Oct. 11 and welcoming Ohio State on Oct. 25 on ESPN/ABC in addition to its one BTN appearance at Rutgers.
Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois all will have two total prime-time games.
The Big Ten schools with no prime-time games are Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin.