Big Ten Announces 2015 Conference Football Schedule
June 3, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten office announced the conference schedule for the 2015 football season on Monday, as approved by the Big Ten directors of athletics. The 2015 schedule will consist of eight games for each of the Big Ten's 14 teams and culminate with the fifth-annual Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 5.
Michigan State's 2015 Big Ten schedule will open at home against West Division foe Purdue on Oct. 3.
MSU will then travel on the road for two consecutive weekends, taking on Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., on Oct. 10 and Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 17. The Spartans return home to face Indiana on Oct. 24.
Following a bye week after playing the Hoosiers, Michigan State will face Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 7 for its second game against a West Division opponent.
The Spartans will host Maryland for the first time since 1949 as they take on the Terrapins Nov. 14 in East Lansing. MSU's final road game is Nov. 21 at Ohio State.
Michigan State closes the regular season against Penn State in Spartan Stadium on Nov. 28.
The winners of each division will meet in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5.
Michigan State's non-conference schedule in 2015 features home games against Oregon (Sept. 12) and Central Michigan (Sept. 26), along with a trip to Western Michigan (Sept. 19). An additional game will scheduled in the future for the 2015 season.
The 2014 football schedule was previously announced last month. Beginning in 2014, the Big Ten football division alignments will feature Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in the East Division and Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin in the West Division. Each school will play the other six schools in its division plus two teams from the other division in 2014 and 2015, which will serve as transitional years in which the schools will still be playing eight-game schedules.
Beginning in 2016, each school will play three teams from the other division as part of its nine-game schedule. The cross-division games will include one protected matchup on an annual basis between Indiana and Purdue.
FUTURE MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULES
* Additional game to be scheduled in 2015
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