The Michigan State Spartans kick off their 2014 season by hosting FCS opponent Jacksonville State at Spartan Stadium. Last season, the Spartans finished with a 13-1 record that included an undefeated record in conference play and a Rose Bowl victory. Jacksonville State ended an 11-4 season with a 35-24 loss to Eastern Washington in the FCS quarterfinals.
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Details for Friday's game are below:
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: Big Ten Network
Radio: For a list of Michigan State affiliates, click here. For a list of Jacksonville State affiliates, click here.
Michigan State Spartans facts
Michigan State finished the 2013 season as the No. 3 team in the country in both major polls.
Star cornerback Darqueze Dennard was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The team returns 15 starters from last season's Big Ten championship team, including quarterback Connor Cook and running back Jeremy Langford.
Michigan State has won 11 games or more in three of the past four seasons, marking the first time in program history for that accomplishment.
Running back Jeremy Langford has accumulated 100 total yards or more in nine consecutive games, including eight straight Big Ten contests with 100 or more yards on the ground.
The Spartans enter the season opener as 33-point favorites. Michigan State is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games.
- Brad Rowland