June 24, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's first two home football games in 2009 will kickoff at noon EDT, with the Sept. 5 season opener against Montana State televised by the Big Ten Network and the Sept. 12 match-up against Central Michigan aired by either ESPN or ESPN2.
The Sept. 5 game marks the first-ever meeting between Michigan State and a team from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).
Central Michigan will be playing its first game in Spartan Stadium since 2004. Michigan State leads the all-time series 4-2, including four consecutive victories. Overall, the Spartans have won 15 straight and 22 out of the last 24 meetings against Mid-American Conference teams, with the only losses coming to Central Michigan in the 1991 (20-3) and 1992 (24-20) season openers.
NBC Sports previously announced that it will televise Michigan State's Sept. 19 game at Notre Dame, with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. EDT. Also as previously released, MSU will make back-to-back prime-time TV appearances on the Big Ten Network: Oct. 24 against Iowa at 7 p.m. EDT in Spartan Stadium and Oct. 31 at Minnesota, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. EDT.
The Spartans enter the 2009 season with a streak of 76 consecutive live TV appearances (games televised regionally and nationally since November 2002).