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Big Ten releases 2021 football schedule

February 5, 2021
<p>Michigan State University&#x27;s football team leaving the tunnel to begin their game against Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. </p>

Michigan State University's football team leaving the tunnel to begin their game against Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

Photo by Di'Amond Moore | The State News

The Big Ten conference released its 2021 football schedule after the 2020 season schedule altered plans with the pandemic forcing the conference to make changes.

The schedule for the Spartans largely remained the same from when it was originally planned in 2017, with only dates and locations switching for the Spartans. After playing Indiana at home in back-to-back seasons, Michigan State will now travel to Indiana on Oct. 16 instead of hosting them in East Lansing as originally scheduled.

In addition to that, Michigan State will also host their rival Michigan on Oct. 30 after playing the Wolverines in back-to-back games, splitting the two by going 1-1 with upsetting Michigan in Ann Arbor for Mel Tucker's first win in his new job as head coach of the Spartans.

When it comes to the schedule, Tucker isn't too concerned on the exact dates or times, but wants to get out and play.

"It's not something that I'm really concerned about," Tucker said on National Singing Day. "The schedule is going to be the schedule. We'll do advanced scouting reports on the teams that we're going to play."

In the non-conference, Michigan State will most notably travel to Miami, Florida, to face the University of Miami on Sept. 18. In addition to their matchup with the Hurricanes, the Spartans will face Youngstown State on Sept. 11 and Western Kentucky on Oct. 2.

Along with their six matchups against their division opponents, the Spartans will take on Northwestern, Nebraska and Purdue in their three divisional matchups against the Big Ten West division.

Michigan State will open the season at Northwestern on Sept. 4, who the Spartans stunned at home in November 2020 for their second win of the season.

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