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Rose Bowl preview? Arizona State and Michigan State to tango in 2018 and 2019

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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.

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6 Responses to “Rose Bowl preview? Arizona State and Michigan State to tango in 2018 and 2019”
  1. urfinished says: May 13, 2014 8:00 PM

    Rose Bowl preview? ASU and MSU? Seriously, how bad do you need clicks?
    Wait…you got one from me. Dammit.
    Well played…but…to answer your question…noooooo

  2. imthedudedude says: May 13, 2014 10:27 PM

    So the kids potentially playing in this game are in high school now? And this is a rose bowl preview? Ughhh, ok can’t wait. I’m super excited for this one.. In 4 years. What a waste of time

  3. cfballfan1 says: May 13, 2014 10:41 PM

    Book it son – both programs are trending up and will be conference contenders for as long as they can keep current coaching staffs in place.

  4. billmead1976 says: May 14, 2014 2:17 AM

    what are you kidding me? as-who has won three pac-10/12 championships in it’s history – went to the rose bowl one time.

    if there is ever an example of futility in college football, it’s as-who.

  5. rocket1988 says: May 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    MSU dropped ND for ASU in those years. Now watch ND go and get their deal with UGA. Athens > East Lansing. I guess Dantonio didn’t want to end his contract with two more losses to ND.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: May 14, 2014 5:33 PM

    rocket1988 says:
    May 14, 2014 4:00 PM

    MSU dropped ND for ASU in those years. Now watch ND go and get their deal with UGA. Athens > East Lansing. I guess Dantonio didn’t want to end his contract with two more losses to ND.
    _________________________

    Any ND fan not wearing Navy and Gold glasses can easily see that they got really lucky to catch MSU early in the season when they were still finding their offense.

    #notaNDfan #notaMSUfan

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