2014 Michigan State Spartans Football Schedule

Final Record: 11-2, 7-1 (Big Ten)
Date   Opponent Time/TV Tickets
Aug. 29
Gamecocks Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Won 45-7
Sep. 6
Ducks at Oregon Ducks
Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
Lost 46-27
Sep. 13
Open Date
Sep. 20
Eagles Eastern Michigan Eagles
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Won 73-14
Sep. 27
Cowboys Wyoming Cowboys (HC)
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Won 56-14
Oct. 4
Cornhuskers Nebraska Cornhuskers
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Won 27-22
Oct. 11
Boilermakers at Purdue Boilermakers
Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
Won 45-31
Oct. 18
Hoosiers at Indiana Hoosiers
Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
Won 56-17
Oct. 25
Wolverines Michigan Wolverines
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Won 35-11
Nov. 1
Open Date
Nov. 8
Buckeyes Ohio State Buckeyes
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Lost 49-37
Nov. 15
Terrapins at Maryland Terrapins
Byrd Stadium, College Park, MD
Won 37-15
Nov. 22
Scarlet Knights Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
Won 45-3
Nov. 29
Nittany Lions at Penn State Nittany Lions
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
Won 34-10
2014 Goodyear Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1
Bears Baylor Bears
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Won 42-41

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    1. JackStriker
      December 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      Michigan State might need a bye after playing Western Michigan before Notre Dame. Then again, who knows what kind of screwed up Irish team Brian Kelly will drag into Spartan Stadium.

    2. Delia
      December 22, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      I’m rellay into it, thanks for this great stuff!

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    1. brentano
      January 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      So excited for this game! MSU will be a fantastic October game. We need one interesting home game for ’16 and it’ll make for an even better schedule. BYU’s 2020 looks crazy! Shaping up to be their best yet.

    2. Malty17
      January 21, 2015 at 3:29 pm


      It takes a while to build a strong independent schedule and things look to be coming together in many seasons. I loved the 2013 home schedule, the 2014 was the same as if BYU had stayed in the MWC, 2015 is great…. although most big names games are on the road… but, by 2020 the home/away mix is awesome.

    3. Parker West
      January 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      I think the worm has turned and BYU will have an easier time putting schedules, with Power 5 conference teams, together. BYU fans have no interest in the FCS, nor MWC teams other than Boise, (sorry Uggies, a win every 9 years/ave doesn’t make the cut). We saw just how much playoff seeding is related to strength of schedule ie. How many wins vs top 25, vs top 50, etc. BYU is the only non-Power 5 that Power 5 teams can afford to play home and home. Home games on ESPN along with a sellout for a quality opponant, away games stacked with BYU a fans local and traveling. No other non-Power 5 team could bring 7,500 to Notre Dame, then 15,000 to Georgia Tech a week or so later.

    4. Stuart
      January 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      The open date that works for both Umass and BYU is October 15th, one week later. It would reduce the hole in UMass’ schedule, and fill one of the home games BYU needs. So I would bet dollars to doughnuts that is when that game gets played. BYU needs 6 home games and are short 3, so no way does this get dropped.

      My hunch is that UNLV road game will be pushed to 2017, and BYU will look for one more FBS school to host and bring in an FCS school to Provo to finish the schedule. BYU is short home games.

      Wow 5 power schools, albeit 4 on the road. When you add in strong road games against Boise State and Cincinnati, BYU easily has the strongest schedule of a non-P5 school. And yet they probably need to schedule 7 power conference schools to get the ACC and SEC to possibly consider them a power school. Its a catch-22 situation. But they are putting themselves in a strong position to accept a P5 invitation down the road. An they have clauses in contracts, such as the Missouri one, which state they can back out of the contract free if they join a P5 conference.

      • bigddan11
        January 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        Sorry, but I need to correct you. BYU is scheduled to play @ Boise State Oct 15, 2016. The only bye date both BYU & UMass share is October 22, 2 weeks later.

    5. Shep
      January 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      BYU isn’t a school worthy of a home-and-home, this should have been a 1 game payoff to play in EL and that’s it.

      • Izzone
        January 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm

        As a Sparty fan, these two games are going to be awesome. And playing in Provo will be a treat for the Mean green players.

      • brentano
        January 22, 2015 at 12:37 pm

        Shep, I am genuinely interested to know if you are saying this as a MSU/Big 10 fan or just an anti-BYU fan. I’d like to hear what real MSU fans are thinking about this matchup.

      • Dave
        January 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

        Shep, my good man. You sound like more a schlep! BYU just swept Texas (41-7 in Austin this year). Would you prefer more MAC opponents come crawling to you. Most MSU fans will welcome this on the schedule and enjoy a trip out west to play under the Wasatch mountains unless you prefer to play most of your games in the middle of a corn field. Have a good day-and don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, you don’t want to sound like the holier than thou SEC which other than few teams refuses to leave their home base for a non league game.

    6. Danny
      January 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      BYU has established that they are garbage on the road versus Power 5 teams. Do you really want to talk about Texas? Texas is going through one of the lowest points of its history. Until BYU gets a decent coach and some real athletes, they are going to continue to lose big games. The story of BYU’s independence has been consistent: Win a game or two against some lower level Power 5 teams, inexplicably lose to bottom-feeder from a Power 5, and rattle off a bunch of wins against terrible MWC and FCS schools. Bronco is good for getting you to 8-5 in the Independent climate. Good job! You are scheduling bigger opponents, but your team is still a joke.

      • Maverick
        January 22, 2015 at 2:59 pm

        As a Pac 12 and USC fan, you are crazy. BYU is one of the most respectable teams in the country. They will benefit from being independent. Also, with their future schedule, I think they will be a team to watch out for.

    7. @dbrunstheworld
      January 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      BYU was undefeated against P5 schools this year, with the Texas and Cal games taking place on the road.

    8. Shep
      January 22, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      @brentano – both

      @Dave – what’s your point about BYU defeating Texas this year? Doesn’t mean much. You bring up the MAC but they were a whole lot more competitive than BYU was the second half of the year. There is no benefit from MSU traveling to Provo, they’d be better off playing a home-and-home with a school in fertile recruiting ground such as Florida, Texas, and California as opposed to Utah. Considering they have deals with ASU and Miami FL, it would’ve made much more sense to have it with Stanford or Texas Tech. BYU is not different than Memphis or UNLV.

      • Maverick
        January 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

        You are wrong, sir. BYU won a nation championship in the 80s, is known as QB U, and has an extremely large following. As such, this game will play on primetime. It’s great for Sparty.

      • Dave
        January 22, 2015 at 9:34 pm

        Dear Mr. Schlep

        FYI BYU has gone 13-12 vs power 5 teams since 2008, including beating Texas 2 out 3, 2-0 vs. Georgia Tech, 2-1 vs Washington, beating UCLA 59-0 in 2008, winning @ Mississippi, beating Oregon St 2 out of 3. Maybe Michigan isn’t worthy of a home & home with Michigan St. after their pathetic season with all of their resources. To compare BYU to UNLV is like saying Indiana or Purdue is the equal of Michigan State.

      • brentano
        January 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

        Everyone needs to freakin’ calm down. It’s true, BYU would not be at the top of any P5 conferences if they were actually in one based on the last 3-4 years of independence. However, there is no doubt that teams like BYU or Boise St, add to a non conference schedule more than a UNLV would. Any UNLV fan would admit that.

        Hopefully, BYU can win more recruiting battles than they have been and build a team thats worthy of these types of schedules in the coming years.

        @Izzone, glad to hear you are pumped for the match up, see ya in 2020. Go Cougs!

      • Shep
        January 23, 2015 at 1:56 pm


        You provide absolutely zero context to these items. UCLA went 4-8 in 2008, Ole Miss went 2-10 when they lost to BYU, etc. Like a typical Mo-mo, you spin your wheels without going anywhere when it comes to logic. Stop sounding like you have impressive wins with those items, because you don’t you schmuck.

      • Taft
        February 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        @Shep. Hey only we can say mo-mo.

      • J
        January 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

        This is for “Maverick” maybe 20 years ago byu was qb u which I still doubt. MSU is qb U! Who has more NFL starting qbs than the Spartans right now?! Shhhhhhhh

    9. Dave
      January 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      MY dear Mr. Schlep

      As a Catholic, (not a Notre Dame fan ) I find your crude reference to members of the LDS community (Mo-mo) a bit sad. Perhaps, overtime you will be able to overcome such prejudices. BYU would be a good mid level addition to the PAC12, better than WSU, California and Colorado and on par with Oregon State. No one said that they were the end all and be all but compared with many members of P5 conferences, such as Washington St, Colorado, California, Indiana , Purdue, Illinois, Kansas,Wake Forest, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina to name, they would be a consistently stronger member of any P5 conference.

      • Shep
        January 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

        Mental Slave,

        Like swinging fists strong?

      • Adam
        January 23, 2015 at 9:45 pm


        Pretty sure if you don’t run up out of this thread my strong swinging fists are going to land upside your head.

        You’ll just have to show me the directions to your Mom’s basement haven’t explored the rest of the house…it’s usually straight to her room.

        Toodles. And heed my words.

      • Shep
        January 25, 2015 at 9:51 am

        Internet troll,

        My magical underwear will protect me, words heeded!!!!!

    10. bertsright1
      January 25, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      What a dick. BYU is a bad football program cause they have mormons playing for them? Magic underwear? Real classy and creative. I would think you would want to talk about things you know. But football clearly isn’t one of them. Maybe you could teach us all how to cut out eye holes in our white sheets. Freaking bigot.

    11. gary
      October 3, 2016 at 1:45 am

      hey shep is your last name is it …… howard ?

    1. San Led
      July 28, 2014 at 11:03 am

      i always look forward to the MSU & Norte Dame game every year, it wont be the same anymore, may not watch the season, how sad :(

    2. John
      August 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      During my time at State, (’64-’68) the main rival WAS Notre Dame, not Michigan. It’s hard not to see them play each other every year.

    3. Randy Hayes
      August 21, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Chicago is hardly a neutral site.Seattle Wa. is a neutral site.So is London,England.

      • Preston
        January 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

        Chicago IS A neutral site. It’s only about 2 hours more of a drive for Spartan fans in Michigan, and from my time spent in Chicago, there are a decent amount of fans from both teams. Now if the game were in Indianapolis or Detroit, then sure, it wouldn’t really be “neutral”.

    4. jcas50
      February 2, 2016 at 12:26 am

      It would be neutral in Ann Arbor. The fans would be rooting for both teams to lose.

    1. Josh
      May 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      I’m a Michigan fan but you have to tip your cap to Michigan State’s scheduling over the next few years. If it weren’t for their “Celebrate the State” series against all 3 directional schools, their non-con schedules would be in consideration for some of the toughest year in and year out.

    2. NormalBoiler
      May 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      While not a marquee matchup, it’s a very solid one that’s everything I’d like to see in a non-conference Power 5 matchup: 1-1 and ON CAMPUS.

      @FBSchedules – Any word about MSU’s 2018 game @ USF? Hopefully it will be moved and not cancelled…maybe 2019?

    3. Brant
      September 7, 2014 at 3:33 am

      I’m an ASU fan..Michigan State is a powerhouse in football. Very glad to see ASU is continuing to pursue tougher opponents every year. It’s the only way were going to make it to the big game!

    4. Lee
      January 10, 2015 at 11:38 am

      “ASU defeated MSU 12-3 in 1985 in East Lansing, and then the Spartans won 20-17 in 1986 in Tempe.” Actually, MSU won in ’85 and ASU won in ’86.

      • Chicken Face
        May 12, 2015 at 11:58 pm

        Good catch Lee. I was at the ’86 game and remember that exciting finish. Was standing in the student section and remember all of the drunken fans celebrating a wild Sun Devil victory.

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    1. PeteF3
      April 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Even though it’s “neutral” I consider LSU-Wisconsin to be a home-and-home and this is the LSU leg. A great one, no doubt. But it would count as an SEC game in my book. If the Green Bay game is in primetime and the two programs haven’t fallen apart by then, that will make the B1G list for sure.

    2. C
      April 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      No Utah v Michigan? Wow

      • Joe
        April 25, 2014 at 10:18 pm

        That should be a good game. I don’t think that is one of the prime time games though, I’m thinking noon start at the big house.

    3. B1G D
      April 30, 2014 at 2:05 am

      You said Rutgers never won a conference title in the underwhelming Big East… but they were co-champions just 2 years ago (in 2012).

    4. Wild Bill
      April 30, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I cannot believe the MU-OSU game was left out!

    5. Duke Mantee
      May 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

      No MSU v. Oregon? You’re leaving out two “top 5“ teams??…. I guess.

    6. Jay
      July 30, 2014 at 2:01 am

      UHHHHHHH……Bucks fan here, but um anyone by chance notice Mich effin State VS Oregon Sucks the 2nd game of the year?!???!??! Two top 10 teams doesn’t quite make the cut i suppose…haha, wow.

    7. Jay
      July 30, 2014 at 2:04 am

      And Yes. Well aware of the ‘Primetime’ tag of the article. But c’mon man….really? Week 2 of a CFB year and you think there is any chance in holy horse nuts that MSU/OU isn’t a night game??? Its ridiculous to leave it off…OSU/MSU that was announced as Primetime being excluded for Nov totally understandable..But a non-conference top 10 game…no chance

    8. larry d
      August 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      “Article” is a joke. Absolute piss

    9. Gid
      November 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      The rating system sucks! Why doesn’t Ohio State play more games with TOP 25 teams. What? Two or three a year for a football factory!!?!? Pretty soft schedule and STILL no Championships lately……daaaa!!

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