That was short lived as Maryland and Rutgers joined the conference, so Dantonio can no longer make that claim. On Saturday, he will get a chance to check Maryland off the list, something to which he is looking forward.
”This is the first time down there, so there is change,” he said. “There's a little bit of, okay, what is the environment like? I'm sure it will be very exciting.
”I would expect there would be a lot of Spartan fans there from the East Coast. I would think there are going to be a lot of people there that are going to make that drive to Maryland, whether you're from New York or wherever. … So it will be an exciting atmosphere, I know that.”
Michigan State leads the all-time series with Maryland 4-1, with their last meeting being the only loss in a 34-7 defeat on Oct. 7, 1950. This will be the first Big Ten game between the two schools, which are both in the East division.
Maryland fans are participating in a “Blackout” for Saturday’s game and senior offensive guard Travis Jackson said that’s just one or the reasons he’s looking forward to the trip.
”Obviously, we haven’t been to College Park yet, but we’re just really excited,” he said. “One of the cool things about Big Ten football is that you get to see really cool stadiums with great fans and an eight o’clock night game with a blackout is going to be a really cool atmosphere to play in.”
The trip also allow other Michigan State players from the east coast to see family and friends who can’t make the long drive to East Lansing.
Defensive end Shilique Calhoun said he is ready to go back and see some of his friends from his hometown in Middletown, New Jersey.
”It’s back near my home town,” Calhoun said. “I just can’t wait to get out there and see all my friends and allow them to have the ability to watch me play somewhere where they don’t have to drive 12 hours. So that’ll be pretty special.”
Michigan State will be looking to win their school-record 9th straight road game in the Big Ten and is 21-9 in Big Ten road games since Dantonio arrived in 2007.