Arizona State and Michigan State have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019. If the success enjoyed by both teams in 2013 can be sustained in the coming years, there could be some good odds the regular season clashes could be a legitimate Rose Bowl preview those seasons as well.
According to a release by Arizona State, the Sun Devils will host Michigan State on September 8, 2018. Michigan State will host the second half of the series on September 14, 2019.
“I am excited that we are able to announce the series with Michigan State University,” Arizona State head coach Todd Graham said in a statement released by Arizona State. “Scheduling is very important to the overall success of a program and this is the type of matchup that we are seeking to fulfill our future dates. This series will help build our football program.”
Unlike the new scheduling policies in the ACC and SEC, there is no non-conference scheduling requirement in the Big Ten or Pac-12. Simply put, this scheduling agreement is not required to fulfill a non-conference requirement for either school. This is just a good, quality series designed to enhance the strength of schedule for each school (and each conference by extension). By the time this series rolls around each team will be playing a nine-game conference schedule as well.
The two schools have faced each other twice before. Michigan State and Arizona State split a home-and-home series in 1985 and 1986 with the home team winning each game.