Michigan State football: Penn State game will be on Black Friday

Michigan State Spartans. Maliq Carr, Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Michigan State Spartans. Maliq Carr, Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

Michigan State football has opened most season on a Friday night in late August or early September and now it will reportedly close the season on a Friday night in November.

The Spartans have grown accustomed to kicking off each season on the Friday of Labor Day weekend against a Group of Five program at home. It helps when a lot of fans usually travel for the weekend as Saturday home games during Labor Day weekend may not yield great attendance.

Well, as long as Michigan State is in the hunt for a postseason berth this year, the final game of the regular season will be on a Friday night.

According to a report, Michigan State will play host to Penn State this season on Black Friday.

This is a rarity as the Spartans and Nittany Lions usually do battle on the final Saturday of November but this one will likely draw more eyes, especially if it’s in primetime.

Michigan State football is hoping the Penn State game is meaningful

Nothing is worse than playing the final regular-season game of the year and having it mean absolutely nothing. Well, Michigan State could very well be playing for a bowl berth or an improved bowl bid in the final regular season game against the Nittany Lions.

Penn State and Michigan State have played each other very close throughout the rivalry as the series is tied 18-18 and a Spartan win would go a long way not just for this year’s team but also for recruiting and program momentum.

A meaningful game on Black Friday night would be massive for the program.

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