2007 Spartan Football Schedule Announced

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State’s 2007 12-game football schedule features seven home games, including three straight to open the season under first-year Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio. MSU’s opponents had a combined record of 90-62 (.592) in 2006, including seven teams that participated in postseason bowl games.

The Spartans open the 2007 campaign with a three-game homestand: Sept. 1 vs. UAB, Sept. 8 vs. Bowling Green and Sept. 15 vs. Pittsburgh.

It marks the first-ever meeting between Michigan State and UAB. The Spartans have posted a 4-1 record (.800) against current members of Conference USA (0-1 vs. Houston, 1-0 vs. Marshall, 1-0 vs. Memphis, 1-0 vs. Rice and 1-0 vs. SMU).

Bowling Green replaces Western Michigan on the Spartans’ 2007 schedule. The change was made at the request of the Big Ten and to assist conference officials in resolving other scheduling issues between league institutions and other Mid-American Conference opponents. The home game originally scheduled with Western Michigan will be rescheduled in either 2009 or 2010. The Falcons will be making their first trip to Spartan Stadium since 1981. The Spartans have won 13 straight and 20 of the last 22 meetings against MAC teams.

Pittsburgh will be playing its first game in East Lansing since 1958. Michigan State leads the all-time series 5-0-1, including a 38-23 victory in Pittsburgh last September.

Michigan State concludes its September schedule with back-to-back road games: Sept. 22 at Notre Dame and Sept. 29 at Wisconsin.

The Spartans have won five straight games in Notre Dame Stadium, tying Purdue (1954-62) for the longest winning streak by an Irish opponent. Wisconsin rotates back on to MSU’s Big Ten schedule following a two-year hiatus. The Spartans will be making their first trek to Camp Randall Stadium since 2003.

Michigan State begins the October slate with back-to-back Big Ten home games: Oct. 6 vs. Northwestern and Oct. 13 vs. Indiana (Homecoming).

Down the stretch, Michigan State will face one of the Big Ten’s most-demanding schedules as its last five opponents all played in bowl games last season, including three teams that were ranked in the final Associated Press Poll (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 24 Penn State). That stretch run begins with back-to-back road contests at Ohio State (Oct. 20) and Iowa (Oct. 27). Like Wisconsin, the Hawkeyes return to the Spartans’ league schedule for the first time since 2004.

Michigan State kicks off the final month of the regular season with a Nov. 3 showdown against Michigan. The Spartans play their final Big Ten road game Nov. 10 at Purdue before returning to East Lansing for the home finale Nov. 17 against Penn State.

The Spartans have ranked among the NCAA’s top 25 in home attendance each of the last 51 seasons, including 21st in 2006, averaging 70,819 fans per game.

2007 Spartan Football Schedule
Sept. 1            UAB
Sept. 8            BOWLING GREEN
Sept. 15          PITTSBURGH
Sept. 22           at Notre Dame
Sept. 29           at Wisconsin
Oct. 6             NORTHWESTERN
Oct. 13            INDIANA (HOMECOMING)
Oct. 20            at Ohio State
Oct. 27            at Iowa
Nov. 3            MICHIGANÂ
Nov. 10            at Purdue
Nov. 17           PENN STATE

Props to John Lewandowski MSU SID