MSU news and notes for this weekend...
BIG TEN OPENERS â€“
Michigan State enters its 55th season of Big Ten competition with a 29-21-4 record (.574) in league openers. The Spartans are 6-4 in Big Ten openers since 1997.
Michigan State is 4-0 (1.000) in Big Ten openers vs. Wisconsin, including a 2-0 mark in games played in Camp Randall Stadium. The Spartans open Big Ten play against the Badgers for the first time since 1994.
Hereâ€™s a look at Michigan Stateâ€™s results against Wisconsin in Big Ten openers:
Â Date MSU Result SiteOct. 1, 1994 W, 29-10* Spartan Stadium
Oct. 1, 1994 W, 29-10* Spartan Stadium
Oct. 5, 1968 W, 39-0 Madison, Wis.
Oct. 7, 1967 W, 35-7 Spartan Stadium
Sept. 30, 1961 W, 20-0 Madison, Wis.
*Win later forfeited as part of MSUâ€™s self-imposed sanctions in 1996.
Â LARSON NAMED HONORARY CAPTAIN â€“
Former Michigan State outside linebacker Kurt Larson has been selected as an honorary captain for Saturdayâ€™s game at Wisconsin. A native of Waukesha, Wis., Larson started 32 games for Coach George Perles during his four-year career (1985-88) and appeared in three postseason bowl games (1985 All-American, 1988 Rose and 1989 Gator Bowls). He recorded 211 career tackles and his 14 interceptions rank fourth (tied) on MSUâ€™s all-time list.
As a senior, Larson earned second-team All-Big Ten honors after registering 65 tackles and a team-leading eight interceptions. He intercepted two passes in MSUâ€™s 48-3 victory at Purdue in 1988, returning one 36 yards for a touchdown.
As a junior on MSUâ€™s Big Ten and Rose Bowl championship team, Larson finished fourth on the squad in tackles with 66 and picked off four passes.
He was a college teammate of current Spartan assistant coaches Harlon Barnett and Dan Enos.
Larson, an eighth-round selection by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1989 NFL Draft, spent three years in the pros (Indianapolis, 1989-90; and Green Bay, 1991).