With the release of the 2015-16 Big Ten football schedule yesterday, the Land Grant rivalry between Michigan State and Penn State is set to resume.
Michigan State will host Penn State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on Nov. 14, 2015. The Spartans will then travel to face the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium in University Park on Nov. 12, 2016.
The winner of the contest receives the Land Grant Trophy, which features pictures of Penn State’s Old Main and Michigan State’s Beaumont Tower. Michigan State currently holds the trophy after beating Penn State 28-22 in 2010.
The rivalry game began back in 1993 when Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference. Michigan State was designated as their permanent rival at the time, and the two met each season on the last week of conference play.
With the addition of Nebraska to the Big Ten in 2011, the Land Grant rivalry was postponed. Michigan State was placed in the Legends Division and Penn State in the Leaders Division and the two were not designated as permanent rivals. Instead, Michigan State was paired with Indiana while Penn State was paired with Nebraska.
Under the current division setup and 8-game conference schedule, Michigan State and Penn State will compete for the Land Grant Trophy only four times every ten years.
Penn State leads the overall series between the two schools 14-13-1.