Michigan State tripped up in 2016 by going only 3-9 for one of the worst records for the Spartans in a long time and that likely will change by the time these two teams play.
The non-conference schedule has slowly been trickling out and is the first game revealed that will be played at the Breslin Center. The Spartans host Bowling Green, Western Michigan and Notre Dame this fall. But it's the Ohio State - Michigan one that really matters.
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Michigan State will face the Miami Hurricanes and Boise State in a pair of home-and-home football series. Previously the only Big Ten game that was shown on the FOX family of networks annually was the Big Ten Championship game.
The Big Ten still has has a deal with ESPN to broadcast some of their games, so Ohio State won't be leaving the Worldwide Leader for Fox and the Big Ten Network entirely. Michigan State's other two non-conference games in 2019 are also at home - Western Michigan on September 7 and Arizona State on September 14. But grabbing this matchup is a huge part of why Fox was willing to pay more for what's mostly the same number of games. Fox also touted USC-Texas and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State in the graphic.