Give Sparty props for upgrading their schedules. Too bad(or not) they are going to get killed in the 2012 game.
OT: Sparty schedules 3 games vs. Boise State: 2012, 2022, 2023
Gotta give Sparty credit for having balls if not brains.
The brains will come after the 2012 game.
Have fun with that.
I'll be flying to Texas.
I'll be joining you
This screams "desperate need to compete with Michigan-Alabama" to me. Also, who knows how good/bad Boise will be in 12 years? Scheduling that far in advance is ridiculous
but that's a lot like me and my little brother... If I buy a Lexus SUV and the next day he's driving up the road in a new Ford Explorer...
It's nice that he has a new car .. but it's still not the same.
Of course it's not the same... you bought a marked-up rebranded Toyota and he bought American.
/slightly snarky great granddaughter of a GM engineer, born and raised in a Ford family
MSU already has Alabama scheduled in the future.
I know, but those games are not scheduled until 2016-17. If Michigan State is truly going to break out, they need nationally relevent games now, not in six years. I find it convenient that this game happens to be on a Friday night, the day before the Michigan-Alabama game. Just my opinion.
MSU added Alabama in 2009. So unless you are talking about specifically matching schedules in 2012, I'm thinking no.
In the last 18 months, Michigan State has announced home-and-home series with West Virginia (2014-15), Alabama (2016-17) and Miami-Fla. (2020-21) as well as the extension of its series with Notre Dame through the 2031 season, with two-year breaks in 2014-15, 2020-21 and 2026-27.
Did you even read what was posted?
Yes I did, read my response above. Sorry if I ruffled some feathers
Should be an interesting game. Our matchup with Alabama will be better, though.
Their 2012 home schedule is pretty nice. Props to them, I'll still be rooting for Boise State, Notre Dame etc.
should be breaking in new QB's for the 2012 game.....could end up being a snoozer! But I do give some props to MSU for scheduling this series. Granted, it's not Alabama, but still good to see tougher nonconference games get scheduled.
"With teams like Boise State, West Virginia, Alabama, Miami and Notre Dame on our future schedules, our fans can look forward to a lot of special game days in Spartan Stadium, as we continue to bring the top programs in college football to our state," Hollis said.
I love how he cites ND as if it's something new.
A nice home schedule, and I give them credit. I expect them to be worked over by a couple of those teams, but I give them credit for taking on a legit opponent.
This is an interesting way to get around the scheduling conflict.
I have a feeling this was organized in bad faith on MSU's part. The hangup on scheduling Boise was that their AD wants a return visit. He traded 2-for-1 here, but the key is in 10 years, that AD is probably not going to be around, and the chances are Boise St is not going to be more than a good mid-major team. I'm willing to put odds right now that the 2022 game gets miraculously moved for some dumbass reason (construction, most likely) to an NFL location, and 60-40 that NFL location is Ford Field.
But they were the winningest 1-A program of the 1990s and the 2000s. Not exactly a one-hit wonder (albeit against inferior competition).
MSU thinks the 10-year window will give ample opportunity for a poor pay-out and potentially really tough road game to dissolve, to me, that's not so much bad faith but a pretty good hedge of bets by MSU's AD. I guess I don't think there was the treachery and dishonesty here that bad faith implies. Both ADs know how the system works.
To me, this deal speaks volumes about how much bargaining power BSU has--little to none. I feel somewhat bad for them because no one's going to respect them until they play in a BCS conference or play BSC conference-like schedule ala Notre Dame, and that's not likely to happen anytime soon unless they just agree to go play the big boys on the road all the time and forget about the return game.
Anyway, like others have said, props to MSU for going out and getting some good games for their fans to watch.
I agree that the 2022 game is basically a throw-away at this point, but I am not so certain that BSU will not have advanced a lot further in the next decade than MSU.
There have been periods in the past in which MSU has fielded some pretty good teams, but they have not made the leap to perennial contender. There is no reason to expect this to be the time for them to make that leap.
BSU, on the other hand, has been moving up in divisions and has continued to steadily advance the program. They are currently making plans to expand their 35K stadium to something around 50-60K, and there could be more by 2022. Considering how successful they have been so far despite their lack of funds and facilities, they have an opportunity to go from flash-in-the-pan BCS-buster to legitimate program with some staying power. They may not end up on par with Michigan or Alabama, but they have the program moving in the right direction. With all of the conference realignments going on, and the potential for a playoff in the future, who knows where a program like BSU will be in 12 years?
By my count (consistent with the Dantonio regime, so far), Sparty will have rescinded their zero tolerance policy 4 times by 2012 and 14 & 15 times by '22 & '23.
The kids who are gonna play in the 2022 game are 6-7-8 year olds. We need to start recruiting the DPS elementary schools to make sure MSU doesn't get any of that in-state talent!
Or before Lane Kiffin comes and scoops em all up
We'll recruit at the DPS, and MSU will recruit at the jails.
Ironic. MSU is winning the PSL battles, and UM is putting felons into PRISON, while TRYING to bring in other FELONS as recruits.
I do pity you.
Yes, yes that's right. Prison is in fact where criminals belong, as opposed to on football fields.
Didn't your starting cornerback just spend a week in jail?
Why don't you take your one man act over to the RCMB? Maybe you'll find somebody that agrees with you.
They added an interesting and competitive team to their schedule. That's a good thing.
I don't know why everybody wants to hate on State for this, especially while D'Antonio is currently demonstrating his patented "Zero Tolerance Policy" as a means of effectively molding young men into upstanding individuals.
I'm all for hating on State. But for scheduling Boise State? Relax people.
Did anyone else see that "winningest program since 1997" part as a poorly veiled shot at Michigan?
no, I didn't take the "since 1997" as any kind of shot at UM.
Exactly. Kind of "you might be the winningest program in college football history but in the past 13 years you have not been". Not a particularly good shot at Michigan but a Spartian one if I have ever seen one. Or maybe I am just chasing ghosts here.
i agree with you (ghosts be damned). And here in Ohio I get the "Ohio State has the best record between 1952 and present" arguement all the time.
I guess history starts where you want it to start.
...has two. History is an LSA class.
I think it would be really funny if they upgraded their schedules like this every year and then turned out to be Same Old Sparty. Scheduling teams like this works if you are an elite program, but it can really backfire if you are just a perennial pretender.
Potatos and Cows.
Think about Labor Day weekend 2012 for college football:
Friday night: Michigan State vs. Boise State
Saturday afternoon: Notre Dame vs. Navy in Dublin
Saturday night: Michigan vs. Alabama in Dallas
Saturday night: Tennessee vs. NC State in Atlanta
Monday?: Clemson vs. Auburn in Atlanta
There's going to be a lot of fun games to open that season, just from what we know about. That's good for college football fans, period.
Eh, Notre Dame/Navy is not a rivalry anymore
But, seriously, am I too much of a CFB addict that I already cant wait for that weekend?
There is nothing wrong with being excited for College Football Christmas, even if it's two years away.
The Notre Dame/Navy game intrigues me, if only because it's in Dublin. I'm intensely curious about that.
You didn't hear? They announced the Mayan's screwed up their Long Calendar count and the world may not actually be ending for at least 50 more years.
I will absolutely root for Michigan State in at least the next one. Hell, after we beat them next year, it will just make Michigan look that much better.
on Smurf Turf?
Yuk. See: bottom of a trashcan after a Sparty fan bender.
Only thing worse is OSU "Scarlet" (in any setting) that is really stop-sign obnoxious day-go red.
Well, as somebody who has consistently said, going back to the Haloscan days, that Boise could more than compete in the Big 10, I cant wait for the first real proof to roll in.
Props to MSU for scheduling some real teams. It will be interesting to see how they fare.
Blah, Blah, Blah, Ginger!
I'm already sick of MSU. They're going to get owned.
I am glad to see another BCS team willing to schedule BSU. It will be interesting to see whether both teams can continue to play at the level that they have this season, or if one or both will regress.
MSU loses a lot of starters this year, and will lose Cousins after next year. BSU loses Pettis and Young (their two best receivers), Avery at RB and a number of defensive starters next year, and will lose Moore at QB (who already set the record for most TDs by a BSU QB last week) after next year. MSU has a brutal schedule next year, which could take the shine off of this year in a hurry. BSU also upgrades their own schedule somewhat next year in their first year in the MWC (minus the MWC defections, of course). All in all, it provides an intriguing matchup with some interesting story lines.
It's kind of a cop out move. Won't Kellen Moore be gone by then?
Yes, a lot of their key guys will be. The good news for BSU is that with them blowing out so many teams, there are a lot of reps for the younger guys. Coach Peterson is a great coach, so maybe their current success will bring in some quality replacement talent.
and Go Hawkeyes as well
I'm a longtime lurker, but joined because this relates to an issue that I've been upset about for awhile.
I've had season tickets for 17 years and am a Blue donor for season tickets. They make us shell out $50+ (plus my $250 "donation" for 2 tickets) for games against Delaware St and UMass, and when they finally schedule a game against a school like Alabama, it's essentially a road game for alum that live in Michigan.
If MSU can find common dates to schedule home and homes with schools like Alabama, W. Virginia and Boise St, then so can UM.
I understand it means giving up some non-conference revenue games, but Brandon needs to find a way to schedule the best teams to play in the Big House.