The Michigan State Spartans and BYU Cougars have both proven to the college football community that they are among the elite programs in the country. Yesterday, the two sides agreed to square off in a home- and-home series taking place in 2016 and 2020. The two teams have never met before and BYU will travel to Michigan State 0ctober 6, 2016. Next, the Spartans will visit the Cougars on an undetermined date in 2020.
“We continue to be aggressive and innovative in our approach to non-conference scheduling, as we seek to bring the top programs in college football to our state as well as provide our student-athletes with an opportunity to compete nationally at the highest level,” Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “The BYU series also provides MSU Alums in the Rockies and West with an opportunity to see the Spartans play against a national program.”
Michigan State finished the 2014 season in stylish fashion, coming from behind to top the Baylor Bears 42-41 in the Cotton Bowl. On the other hand, the Cougars finished 8-5, ending their year in a disappointing loss to Memphis 55-48 in the Miami Beach Bowl.
“I’m excited about this series with one of the top programs in the Big Ten,” BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “We haven’t played many games in the Great Lakes region and I like scheduling opponents like Michigan State that we’ve never played in football. It’s exciting for Cougar Nation and it’s a great experience for our coaches and players.”
The game should provide both squads with an opportunity to challenge themselves outside of their normal conference schedule, while also being able to prove to potential College Football Playoff voters that their deserving of their spot by beating an elite team. The winner of each contest immediately catapults them into the playoff discussion.
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