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Spartans To Play Under the Lights at Notre Dame

May 12, 2016

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May 12, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s game against Notre Dame on Saturday, Sept. 17 has been set for a 7:30 p.m. ET start in Notre Dame Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

The 2016 game marks the 78th meeting between Michigan State and Notre Dame and the first since 2013. The Irish lead the all-time series 48-28-1, including a 29-13 record in games played in Notre Dame. The Spartans have won 10 of the last 17 meetings in the series. Ten of the last 14 games in the series have been decided by seven points or less.

This marks the first time MSU will play a night game in Notre Dame Stadium since 1987 (UND 31, MSU 8).

Michigan State ranks second among opponents in all-time victories (28) over Notre Dame. Only USC (36) has posted more wins over the Irish than the Spartans. The Spartans recorded six straight victories in Notre Dame Stadium from 1997-2007. The six-game winning streak is the longest run by an Irish opponent in the history of Notre Dame Stadium.

The Michigan State-Notre Dame series began 119 years ago in 1897, making it one of the oldest rivalries in college football. It also ranks as one of only three rivalries — joining Army-Navy and Auburn-Georgia Tech — that does not involve either intrastate or current conference rivals. Since 1949, the winner of the Michigan State-Notre Dame game has been presented the Megaphone Trophy, sponsored jointly by the Detroit alumni clubs of both schools.

Michigan State will host Notre Dame in Spartan Stadium on Sept. 23, 2017.

UPDATED 2016 MICHIGAN STATE SCHEDULE
Sept. 2: FURMAN, 7 p.m. (BTN)
Sept. 17: at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sept. 24: WISCONSIN, TBA
Oct. 1: at Indiana, 8 p.m. (BTN)
Oct. 8: BYU, TBA
Oct. 15: NORTHWESTERN (HC), 3:30 p.m. (TV: TBA)
Oct. 22: at Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (BTN)
Oct. 29: MICHIGAN, TBA
Nov. 5: at Illinois, TBA
Nov. 12: RUTGERS, TBA
Nov. 19: OHIO STATE, TBA
Nov. 26: at Penn State, TBA

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