It will have been 302 days since we last saw the Michigan State football team play a game. I do not have the exact record handy, but I know that is the longest length of time to pass in my lifetime between games and am confident it is the same for most of you reading this. That drought finally ends tomorrow at noon eastern time!
First year head coach Mel Tucker will hope to keep MSU’s home opener winning streak alive with a 22nd straight win. That streak is tied for fifth longest in the country with Arizona State, and dates back to 1999 when the Spartans defeated Oregon.
In opposition will be the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, coached by newly returned head coach Greg Schiano. Coach Schiano was at Rutgers from 2001-2011 before leaving for the NFL to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and returned as the head coach after former head coach Chris Ash was fired following the 2019 season. As head coach of Rutgers, he is 0-1 against the Spartans in Spartan Stadium, but 1-1 overall. His Scarlet Knights fell 44-28 against first year head coach John L. Smith in 2003 before getting revenge in Piscataway in 2004 with a 19-14 victory.
Michigan State has never lost to Rutgers in either football or men’s basketball since the Scarlet Knights joined the Big Ten, and remain the only Big Ten school to hold that distinction. The record and bragging rights are on the line!
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-0) at Michigan State Spartans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
Kickoff: 12:01 p.m. EDT
TV/Web/Mobile: Big Ten Network/FOX Sports app
Play-by-Play: Lisa Byington
Analyst: Matt Millen
Sideline: Elise Menaker
RADIO: TCF BANK SPARTAN MEDIA NETWORK
Play-by-Play: George Blaha
Analyst: Jason Strayhorn
Broadcast Host: Steve Courtney
Website/Mobile: msuspartans.com/MSU Spartans app/Tune In radio
Flagship Stations: Lansing: WMMQ (94.9 FM)/WJIM (1240 AM); Detroit: WJR (760 AM)
Affiliates: 27 affiliates listed at msuspartans.com
Satellite: Ch. 138 (Sirius), Ch. 195 (XM), Ch. 957 (SiriusXM.com)
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Stadium: Spartan Stadium (75,005)
Surface: Natural Grass
Live Stats: msuspartans.com
All-Time Series: MSU leads, 8-3
All-Time Series in East Lansing: MSU leads, 4-2
Don’t forget to follow along during the game with The Only Colors on Facebook and Twitter (@TheOnlyColors) all game long, and as always here on the website in our game thread. This season we will be experimenting with both a first half and a second half game thread. Let us know what you think of the experiment!
Still looking for a last minute solution for watching the game after finally cutting the cord during the coronavirus pandemic? Look no further than fubo TV. Fubo TV now carries ESPN, ABC, and the Disney Network in addition to FOX, FS1, and the Big Ten Network. So you can cut the cord, but still be able to find reliable access to all the Spartans games this football and basketball season with fubo TV.
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