Michigan State-Arizona State announce series

Spartans, Sun Devils to play home and home in 2018-19, as Michigan State will travel to Tempe, Ariz., in 2018 and will host Arizona State in 2019.

Michigan State has steadily looked to improve its nonconference schedule in recent years and added another big conference opponent on Tuesday.

A home-and-home with Arizona State will take place in 2018-19, Michigan State announced.

"We continue to be aggressive in our approach to nonconference scheduling, as we seek to bring the top programs in college football to our state," athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. "The Arizona State series provides MSU Alums in the West and Southwest with an opportunity to see the Spartans compete against one of the Pac-12's top football programs."

The Sun Devils will come to East Lansing on Sept. 14, 2019, after Michigan State travels to Tempe, Ariz., on Sept. 8, 2018.

"It is with great pleasure that we announce this series with Michigan State," Arizona State vice president for university athletics Ray Anderson said in a statement. "We are committed to playing future football games against some of the nation's finest nonconference opponents every year. We believe our fan base will enjoy this series as well."

Michigan State and Arizona State have met twice in before, in 1985 and 1986, with Michigan State taking the first meeting at home 12-3 and losing 20-17 on the road in the 1986 season opener.

Michigan State's 2018 slate includes a nonconference game against Central Michigan, with conference games against Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan, Purdue, Maryland, Ohio State, Nebraska and Rutgers.

The 2019 schedule has Western Michigan as a nonconference opponent, while Northwestern, Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, Rutgers and Maryland fill out the nine-game Big Ten schedule.

The Spartans future schedules include matchups with Oregon in 2014 and 2015, Miami (Fla.) in 2020 and 2012 and Boise State in 2022 and 2013.

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