Michigan State football has interestingly never played these FBS teams

Michigan State's Maliq Carr and the Spartans sport the gruff Sparty helmet for the game against Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.221119 Msu Indiana 020a
Michigan State's Maliq Carr and the Spartans sport the gruff Sparty helmet for the game against Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.221119 Msu Indiana 020a /
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Sep 11, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners helmet of place kicker Josh Plaster (36) with an American flag sticker lays on the field before the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners helmet of place kicker Josh Plaster (36) with an American flag sticker lays on the field before the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

Michigan State football vs. Power Five

We’ve gone through all of the Group of Five teams with a lot of unsurprising programs making the list of “never played” for the Spartans, but the Power Five list is much more intriguing.

I’d love to see Michigan State face any one of these teams.

Arkansas Razorbacks
Clemson Tigers
Duke Blue Devils
Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Ole Miss Rebels
South Carolina Gamecocks
Tennessee Volunteers
Texas Longhorns
UCF Knights
Utah Utes
Vanderbilt Commodores
Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia Tech Hokies

I was surprised to see just one Pac-12 team on the list but Michigan State has faced a number of them in recent years so it makes sense.

It surprised me that Michigan State had never faced Oklahoma or Texas, the top two names from the Big 12 over the years. It just feels like the Spartans should have run into one of those powerhouses over the course of program history, but I guess there were no battles. I hope that changes in the near future.

Also, I’d love to see Michigan State face Arkansas, Clemson, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. What teams do you want to see the Spartans schedule a home-and-home with?

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