According to FBschedules, the Michigan State Football team has added FCS program Youngstown State to their 2021 non-conference schedule. This is the first time that the Spartans have scheduled a team from the FCS since the Big Ten re-allowed teams to schedule other programs from the Football Championship Subdivision.
The game is tentatively schedule for Sep 11, 2021 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Youngstown State, coached by former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, will receive $725,000 from Michigan State to play the game.
The Spartans and Penguins have played just twice in the history of their programs. The first came in 2011 when Michigan State won 28-6 while the other came in 2013- MSU’s Rose Bowl season- when they won 55-17.
The Spartans have one more non-conference opening on their 2021 schedule. They are also scheduled to travel to Miami (FL) on Sep. 18, 2021.