B1G explains decision to swap site of Michigan-Michigan State game
One of the more notable takeaways from Wednesday morning’s B1G schedule release involved the Michigan-Michigan State in-state rivalry game this season. The league opted to flip the location of the 2020 matchup as part of the revised 10-game, conference-only slate for the fall.
The annual in-state rival game had been scheduled to be played in East Lansing for the 2020 season, but with the B1G releasing the new, 10-game, conference only schedule, the location of the game has been changed.
Instead, Michigan will host Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 3, which will be Week 5 of the college football season. The Wolverines also hosted Michigan State in Ann Arbor last season.
Wednesday afternoon, the B1G released a statement as to why that change was made.
“Six Division games — three East and three West — had the location changed for the 2020 schedule,” the statement said according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press. “Given the unique circumstances that went into this year’s scheduling process, flexibility in the schedule was prioritized. In order to create that flexibility while balancing out the five home and five away games for each institution, flipping the location of these six games proved particularly helpful, The rotation of these games in future seasons will be reset based on this year’s location.”
That means next year’s matchup between Michigan and Michigan State will be held in East Lansing.
Michigan defeated Michigan State 44-10 last season, marking a second-straight win in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
The Wolverines are 3-2 against the Spartans under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan has won three of the last four meetings, with MSU’s lone victory in that span coming in a 14-10 game in Ann Arbor in 2017.