Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced on Tuesday that the Spartans have signed a contract for a home-and-home football series with Arizona State. The Spartans will kick off the two-game series with Arizona State on Sept. 8, 2018, in Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The Sun Devils will make the return trip to Spartan Stadium on Sept. 14, 2019.
“We continue to be aggressive in our approach to non-conference scheduling, as we seek to bring the top programs in college football to our state,” Hollis said. “The Arizona State series provides MSU Alums in the West and Southwest with an opportunity to see the Spartans compete against one of the Pac-12’s top football programs.”
The MSU-ASU all-time series is tied 1-1, as the home team has won the two previous meetings. The Spartans opened the 1985 campaign with a 12-3 win over the Sun Devils in East Lansing, while Arizona State posted a 20-17 victory in the 1986 season opener in Tempe.
Michigan State will be making its third appearance overall in Sun Devil Stadium, as Dan Conroy’s 47-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Spartans a 17-16 victory over TCU in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.