MSU Will Battle In Two Prime-Time Clashes

The 2012 Michigan State football season may still be a few months away. However, with the announcement of two prime-time games on the home schedule Spartans fans should already be excited about what's ahead.

With an opening night kickoff slated against BCS killer Boise State on Friday, August 31. Michigan State fans should be ready for the first ever meeting between the two programs and a home schedule full of bowl teams from 2011 in Spartans Stadium in 2012.

If one big-time night game wasn't enough, Notre Dame returns to the scene of "Little Giants" in prime-time on September 15 for an 8 p.m. kickoff and national television audience from ABC.

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In the past the Spartans have gone 7-4 in previous prime-time appearances in Spartan Stadium including three straight with the latest coming last season in the Spartans "Hail Mary" win over Wisconsin on the final play of regulation.

The rest of the Spartans home schedule includes a non-conference match-up against Eastern Michigan and Big Ten games against Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern.

Six out of the Spartans home games will be played against bowl teams from last season making it one of the hardest home schedules in the country.

The Spartans have won 14-consecutive games in Spartans Stadium – its longest home streak since winning 19 straight from 1950-53 under Clarence "Biggie" Munn. This is the fourth-longest active streak in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision trailing only LSU (17), Wisconsin (16) and Northern Illinois (15).

This fall will find the Spartans on the road for games against Central Michigan, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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