A matchup with Oregon originally scheduled for Sept. 13 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., has been moved up a week to Sept. 6. (Steve Dykes / Getty Images)
East Lansing — Michigan State will get a chance to test its new-look 2014 football team a week earlier than expected.
A matchup with Oregon originally scheduled for Sept. 13 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., has been moved up a week to Sept. 6.
Michigan State had a bye week scheduled after opening the season at home against Jacksonville State on Aug. 30. Associate athletic director John Lewandowski said the move was “TV driven,” and a start time had yet to be finalized.
The Spartans will now have a bye on Sept. 13 and their final two nonconference games have also been switched. Michigan State will host Eastern Michigan on Sept. 20 and Wyoming on Sept. 27, swapping the weeks each team was originally scheduled to visit Spartan Stadium. The matchup against Wyoming will be Michigan State’s homecoming.
And while nothing has been confirmed, the opener against Jacksonville State will likely be moved to Aug. 29, giving the Spartans a Friday night start for the fourth straight season.
Michigan State finished No. 3 in the final Associated Press rankings as well as the coaches’ poll, while Oregon came in at No. 9 in both sets of rankings.
2014 Michigan State schedule
Aug. 30; vs. Jacksonville State
Sept. 6; at Oregon
Sept. 20; vs. Eastern Michigan
Sept. 27; vs. Wyoming
Oct. 4; vs. Nebraska
Oct. 11; at Purdue
Oct. 18; at Indiana
Oct. 25; vs. Michigan
Nov. 8; vs. Ohio State
Nov. 15; at Maryland
Nov. 22; vs. Rutgers
Nov. 29; at Penn State