MSU-Northwestern game pushed back to Oct. 28

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Michigan State preps for the upcoming season during its annual spring game.

East Lansing – While the Big Ten is making a push for playing conference games on Friday nights, Michigan State will not be one of those teams in 2017.

Michigan State’s game at Northwestern was set to be played on Oct. 27, but a university spokesman confirmed that game as been moved back to Saturday, Oct. 28.

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Northwestern voiced its opposition to hosting games on a Friday and the Big Ten backed off and allowed the game to be moved back to Saturday.

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When the Big Ten announced in November that it would play some conference games on Friday nights, Michigan State indicated it would not be open to hosting one of the games. The Spartans have been hosting their season-openers against a non-conference opponent on Friday nights since 2011, but this year’s opener against Bowling Green is currently scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2.

Six games are currently scheduled for Friday night, including two conference matchups – Nebraska at Illinois on Sept. 29 and Iowa at Nebraska on Nov. 24. Non-conference games currently set to be played on Fridays include Washington at Rutgers (Sept. 1), Utah State at Wisconsin (Sept. 1), Ohio at Purdue (Sept. 8) and Illinois at South Florida (Sept. 15).

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