Spartans-Irish game Sept. 17 kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Michigan State and Notre Dame will renew their rivalry in primetime this season with the Spartans and Fighting Irish playing at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 in South Bend, Ind.

Notre Dame announced the kickoff on Thursday, the fourth night game Michigan State will play this season, along with the season-opener at home against Furman as well Big Ten road games against Indiana and Maryland.

The game will be Michigan State’s first trip back to Notre Dame Stadium since 2013, when a 17-13 loss was the only one of the season for the Spartans, who went on to win the Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State before beating Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Michigan State and Notre Dame have faced each other 77 times with the Irish holding a 48-28-1 advantage. The teams will meet again in 2017 in East Lansing, but the series will see an extended break after that.

There has been a verbal agreement in place to resume the home-and-home series in 2026 and 27 while Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis has said in the past the Spartans and Irish are looking to play a neutral-site game in 2023.

Notre Dame’s affiliation with the ACC and the Big Ten moving to a nine-game conference schedule this season have made it tougher to keep the series going on a more regular basis like the four years on, two years off plan that had been in place.

Michigan State has entered other non-conference agreements following the Notre Dame series that takes a break after next season. The Spartans will have home-and-home series with Arizona State (2018-19), Miami, Fla. (2020-21) and Boise State (2022-23). They will also play at BYU in 2020, completing the series that begins with BYU visiting Spartan Stadium this season.

Michigan State night games

Sept. 2, Furman, 7 p.m., East Lansing

Sept. 17, Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., South Bend, Ind.

Oct. 1, Indiana; 8 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Oct. 22, Maryland; 7:30 p.m., College Park, Md.