In a unique twist, Michigan State will open up the 2015 season on the road against in-state foe Western Michigan out of the Mid American Conference.
Early in the week, Mark Dantonio talked about the reasons his team had chosen this path.
“It's a little big unusual but we made this decision years ago to try and help the economy in the state of Michigan,” said Dantonio. “Making it a community event, bring commerce to that particular city as opposed to going out of state. So a little big unusual but it also helps prepares us for road games as we move into our season later in the season, as we have some big ones.”
With a Friday night kickoff, Dantonio feels getting a start a day early will help his team transition from practices to the rigors of the season with Oregon set to play in Spartan Stadium next weekend.
“We play late on Friday night, so by the time we get back here it will be late,” he explained. “But obviously you have one more day to rest your body or overcome any potential bugging injury or minor aches and pains.”
Who will win this game?
We give you our prediction in the video above.