For those looking for Boise State to beef up their schedule with members of the “Big Boy” conferences, the Lil’ Football Factory That Could has done just that today. Well, at least the way their future opponent is playing this year they have.
According to a release issued on the school’s website, Michigan State has announced what amounts to a future three-game series with Boise State, although the latter two games are way, way, way down the road.
The first of the two contracts is a Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 game in East Lansing. It will, obviously, be the regular season opener for both schools.
The second contract calls for a home-and-home series, with the Spartans traveling to Boise Sept. 17, 2022, with the Broncos returning the road favor Sept. 16, 2023.
“We’re extremely excited about this special opportunity to kick off the 2012 season with a nationally televised game against Boise State, the nation’s winningest football program since 1997 (140-31, .819),” MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said. “As we try an innovative concept with a Friday night Labor Day weekend game, we couldn’t pull something like this off without campus-wide cooperation.
“Since Michigan (K-12) schools don’t begin fall classes until after Labor Day, high school teams will play their football games on Thursday that week, making this is a great way for our fans to kickoff the holiday weekend. By scheduling the Boise State game on a Friday night, it’s also our hope that the tourism industry will receive a positive bump since most fans will now have the opportunity to make plans to enjoy the entire Labor Day weekend.”
While we applaud Michigan State for doing something that a lot of schools won’t do these days, it also serves to illustrate the issues Boise State has in getting an equitable and true home-and-home series against the vast majority of the top teams in the power conferences.
There’s little doubt that Boise State likely wouldn’t have gotten the home-and-home series in the distant future if they didn’t give up a potential home date to travel to Michigan State in two years.
Oh well. Maybe one of these days they’ll get treated in these scheduling negotiations with the respect they’ve more than earned. I’m not holding my breath, though.