The Michigan State Spartans and Arizona State Sun Devils have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2018 and 2019 college football season, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Michigan State, Arizona State announce home/home series; 2018 at ASU; 2019 at MSU
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 13, 2014
Arizona State will host the first game on Sept. 8, 2018 with the Sun Devils visiting East Lansing’s Spartan Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019.
Non-conference scheduling has been all the rage recently after the SEC and ACC elected to remain at an eight-game conference schedule with the caveat that they would play a team from one of the other power conferences. Playing a strong non-conference schedule should go a long way in earning a berth in the new College Football Playoff.
Arizona State and Michigan State will each play nine games in the Pac-12 and Big Ten, respectively, in addition to this matchup between two programs that could be among the top 25 in the nation, provided Todd Graham and Mark Dantonio are still the head coaches.
The two schools have only met twice before with the last meeting taking place in 1986 when Arizona State won at home after they lost to Michigan State on the road the year before.
The Spartans have done a nice job adding strong non-conference opponents to their schedule as they play Oregon this year and next, Notre Dame in 2016 and 2017, Miami in 2020 and 2021 and it would have been ever stronger if not for Alabama pulling out of their scheduled home-and-home series.
The Sun Devils have non-conference games scheduled with Texas A&M in 2015, Texas Tech in 2016 and 2017 and LSU for the 2022 and 2023 season.