ASU football to meet Michigan State in 2018, 2019

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By Christian Petersen By Christian Petersen

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It will be Sparky versus Sparty in a few years.

On Tuesday, Arizona State announced that it has scheduled a future home-and-home football series against Michigan State. ASU will host Michigan State, the 2013 Big Ten champions, on Sept. 8, 2018, and will travel to East Lansing for a game on Sept. 14, 2019.

These will be the third and fourth all-time meetings between the schools, with the Sun Devils winning 20-17 during their Rose Bowl championship season of 1986, while the Spartans won 12-3 a year prior.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce this series with Michigan State,” said ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson in a statement. “We are committed to playing future football games against some of the nation’s finest non-conference opponents every year. We believe our fan base will enjoy this series as well.”

“I am excited that we are able to announce the series with Michigan State University,” ASU head coach Todd Graham said. “Scheduling is very important to the overall success of a program and this is the type of matchup that we are seeking to fill our future dates. This series will help build our football program.”

Per ASU's release on the series, the Sun Devils have moved their 2018 game against San Diego State to Sept. 15, 2018.

ASU owns a 16-7 all-time record against Big Ten opponents.