May 13, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced on Tuesday, May 13 that the Spartans have signed a contract for a home-and-home football series with Arizona State. The Spartans will kick off the two-game series with Arizona State on Sept. 8, 2018, in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The Sun Devils will make the return trip to Spartan Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019.
"We continue to be aggressive in our approach to non-conference scheduling, as we seek to bring the top programs in college football to our state," Hollis said. "The Arizona State series provides MSU Alums in the West and Southwest with an opportunity to see the Spartans compete against one of the Pac-12's top football programs.
"Although Michigan State and Arizona State have only met twice on the football field, there are some strong historical ties between the programs, with Frank Kush, Darryl Rogers, Dick Tamburo and Chuck Fairbanks."
The MSU-ASU all-time series is tied 1-1, as the home team has won the two previous meetings. The Spartans opened the 1985 campaign with a 12-3 win over the Sun Devils in East Lansing, while Arizona State posted a 20-17 victory in the 1986 season opener in Tempe.
Michigan State will be making its third appearance overall in Sun Devil Stadium, as Dan Conroy's 47-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Spartans a 17-16 victory over TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
MSU has compiled a 34-20-1 record (.627) against current members of the Pac-12 Conference, including its 24-20 come-from-behind win over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The Spartans are: 3-0 vs. Arizona, 1-1 vs. Arizona State, 2-2 vs. California, 3-0 vs. Colorado, 2-2 vs. Oregon, 6-2-1 vs. Oregon State, 4-2 vs. Stanford, 3-3 vs. UCLA, 4-4 vs. USC, 1-2 vs. Washington and 5-2 vs. Washington State.