MSU, Oregon to play home-and-home series in 2014-15
It looks like Michigan State fans will get to see the Spartans face the Oregon Ducks after all — just in a different setting.
After narrowly missing out on a Rose Bowl meeting with Oregon in 2011, Michigan State now is expected to play the Ducks in 2014-15, as reported by The Register-Guard.
“Spartans football will play at Oregon in 2014 and in Spartan Stadium in 2015. Replaces WVU due to their transition to Big 12,” Mark Hollis tweeted.
According to MLive.com, the exact dates are Sept. 13, 2014 and Sept. 12, 2015.
As Hollis indicated, the Spartans previously had a home-and-home series scheduled with West Virginia in 2014-15, which WVU opted out of because of its upcoming transition to the Big 12.
“We look forward to adding Oregon to our future football schedule,” Hollis said. “The series provides MSU alums on the West Coast with an opportunity to see the Spartans compete against one of the nation’s outstanding football programs. The relationship between the Big Ten and Pac-12 is built on common values and the Rose Bowl. We also look forward to bringing the Ducks back to Spartan Stadium, as we continue to compete for championships and national exposure.”
The Pac-12 and Big 10 already have an agreement planned to play nonconference games starting in 2017, but the Spartans are getting a jump start on that and could be making a bid to have Oregon be their counterpart when that series begins.
Northwestern and Stanford agreed on a home-and-home pair last week, forging another bond between the conferences prior to 2017.
The Ducks and Spartans have played two previous home-and-home series, as the teams split matchups in 1979-80 and 1998-99, with the home team winning each game.
The Spartans’ storied rivalry with Notre Dame will be on a two-year break in 2014-15.
Other future scheduled matchups include home-and-home games with Alabama (2016-17), Boise State (2012, ’22-23), and Miami (2020-21).
Interestingly, ESPN’s Big Ten Blog listed the MSU-Oregon matchup as a fun potential pair, if the Pac-12 and Big 10 games were to start in the 2012 season. It appears Michigan State took things into its own hands and made that happen sooner rather than later.