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East Lansing – Michigan State will open the 2018 season by hosting Utah State, finalizing its schedule for that season.

The Spartans will take on the team from the Mountain West on Sept. 1, 2018, according to FBSchedules.com, which obtained a copy of the contract that will guarantee Utah State $1.4 million.

Michigan State travels to Arizona State the next week for a game on Sept. 8 and has a bye week before beginning Big Ten play against Indiana. The final nonconference game comes a week later at home against Central Michigan.

As for 2017, the Spartans did some rearranging last December to avoid a bye to begin the season. Athletic director Mark Hollis was able to move the Bowling Green game at home to Sept. 2 followed by a home game against Western Michigan on Sept. 9. The bye comes in week three before hosting Notre Dame on Sept. 23. Big Ten play starts Sept. 30 at home against Iowa.

Michigan State 2018 schedule

Sept. 1: Utah State

Sept. 8: at Arizona State

Sept. 15: Bye

Sept. 22: at Indiana

Sept. 29: Central Michigan

Oct. 6: Northwestern

Oct. 13: at Penn State

Oct. 20: Michigan

Oct. 27: Purdue

Nov. 3: at Maryland

Nov. 10: Ohio State

Nov. 17: at Nebraska

Nov. 24: Rutgers

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