Finally, college football is back.
For the Michigan State, the new season begins Friday night when they host Furman out of the FCS ranks. Friday’s matchup is the first-ever meeting between Michigan State and Furman, as well as the Spartans’ first opponent from the state of South Carolina.
Michigan State enters the 10th season of the head coach Mark Dantonio era in 2016 ranked No. 12 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches Poll. The Spartans are coming off a 12-2 season in 2015, winning the Big Ten Championship and reaching the College Football Playoff. Furman is coming off a 4-7 season, finishing sixth in the Southern Conference.
There is no question this game is meant to be a tune-up affair for the Spartans, whose schedule quickly heats up when they play at Notre Dame in Week 2, followed by their Big Ten opener at home vs Wisconsin.
But all that really matters is that Michigan State will be playing a real football game for the first time in eight months on Friday. Here is a look at how to watch Furman vs Michigan State.
Furman Paladins at Michigan State Spartans
Date: Friday, September 2, 2016
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI
TV: Big Ten Network with Justin Kutcher, Jim Miller and Johnny Kane.
Live Stream: BTN2Go.com
Radio: Spartan Sports Network with George Blaha, Jason Strayhorn, Keith Nichol and Will Tieman