Michigan State is off to a productive start to their 2021 college football season. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, they have a tough season ahead of them.

In week one, Michigan State kicked off its B1G Conference play with a 38-21 win on the road to the Northwestern Wildcats. The Spartans followed that win over Northwestern with a 41-14 home win over the Youngstown State Penguins.

The remainder of their season will be filled with difficult games with some of them on the road. Michigan State has to face four teams currently ranked in the top 25 including a road trip to Columbus to face No. 9 Ohio State and a home game vs. No. 10 Penn State to end the regular season. This upcoming Saturday, Michigan State will have to face No. 24 Miami on the road.

Here’s how ESPN’s Football Power Index is projecting the rest of Michigan State’s schedule:

  • Sept. 18 @ Miami: 34.3%
  • Sept. 25 vs. Nebraska: 67.2%
  • Oct. 2 vs. Western Kentucky: 86.1%
  • Oct. 9 @ Rutgers: 54.1%
  • Oct. 16 @ Indiana: 46.8%
  • Oct. 30 vs. Michigan: 46.7%
  • Nov. 6 @ Purdue: 49.8%
  • Nov. 13 vs Maryland: 72.4%
  • Nov. 20 @ Ohio State: 16.3%
  • Nov. 27 vs. Penn State: 38.6%

FPI is projecting the Michigan State Spartans to currently finish the season with a 6-6 record. The Spartans are projected to lose to Miami, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State, and Penn State. The current closest projected game for the Spartans is their road trip game against the Purdue Boilermakers.

Michigan State and Miami will kick off at 11 CT on Saturday.