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Michigan State football to host Louisiana in 2024 season

MSU also officially announced rescheduled dates for canceled 2020 non-conference opponents, Toledo and BYU.

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Michigan State announced today that the Spartans will take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at home in East Lansing on Sept. 14, 2024. This completes MSU’s schedule for the 2024 season, as the Spartans will also host Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31, and then head to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts for a contest against Boston College on Sept 21 of that year. Additionally, Michigan Stats plays a nine-game Big Ten-conference schedule that season.

Michigan State’s full 2024 schedule, as it currently stands, is now as follows:

Aug. 31: vs. Florida Atlantic
Sept. 7: Bye
Sept. 14: vs. Louisiana
Sept. 21: at Boston College
Sept. 28: at Maryland
Oct. 5: vs. Minnesota
Oct. 12: vs. Northwestern (Homecoming)
Oct. 19: at Indiana
Oct. 26: at Purdue
Nov. 2: vs. Michigan
Nov. 9: Bye
Nov. 16: vs. Rutgers
Nov. 23: vs. Ohio State
Nov. 30: at Penn State

Louisiana is coming off of an impressive 2020 season in which head coach Billy Napier led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 10-1 record, including a victory in the First Responder Bowl over the University of Texas at San Antonio. The team’s only loss of the season came against Coastal Carolina, a team that finished 11-1 in 2020, and Louisiana finished the year at No. 15 in the final AP rankings.

The 2024 matchup will mark the first ever meeting between Michigan State and Louisiana. Current Michigan State offensive coordinator Jay Johnson (2011-2015) and running backs coach William Peagler (2011-2013, 2018) have both previously had coaching stints with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Additionally, Michigan State athletics announced the rescheduling of two non-conference games that were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As The Only Colors previously reported, MSU will now play the Toledo Rockets on Sept. 5, 2026. The Spartans will also travel to Provo, Utah to make up the contest against the BYU Cougars, but not until Sept. 11, 2032.

For a list of all future Michigan State opponents currently scheduled, check out