The Spartans will battle the Fighting Irish on September 23rd in their only appearance in the series while the Irish will make two other appearances. State will appear again in prime time when they travel to Ann Arbor for the Backyard Brawl against crosstown rival Michigan.
The game will also spotlight the 40th anniversary of the "Game of the Century" when the Spartans and Irish played to a 10-10 tie. At the time, MSU was the #1 team in the nation and Notre Dame was #2.
"A prime-time telecast provides Michigan State with an opportunity to showcase the entire university in addition to its football program," Michigan State head coach John L. Smith said in a prepared statement.
"It's also a great opportunity to spotlight one of college football's most storied rivalries, MSU-Notre Dame. That weekend, Michigan State's 1966 team will conduct a reunion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 10-10 tie against Notre Dame - arguably one of the greatest games ever played."
"There's something special about playing the game under the lights," Stanton said. "You attend meetings and sit around the hotel all day, waiting for the walk over to the stadium. Once you're inside Spartan Stadium, the atmosphere is electric. There have been only a handful of night games in MSU history, and I will have been a part of three of those contests, playing in two games and watching a third from the sidelines as a red-shirt freshman."
The contest against Michigan continues as a long running prime time matchup and will be televised on ESPN with a 4:30pm kickoff.