BOISE, Idaho - Boise State's 2012 season-opening football game at Michigan State will kickoff at 6 p.m. (MT) on Aug. 31 (Friday), and be broadcast nationally by ESPN. The announcement was part of ESPN/ABC's posting of its 2012 Big Ten Conference football prime-time schedule.
The game at Spartan Stadium (75,005 capacity) in East Lansing, Mich., marks the fourth-straight year the Broncos have opened the season against an opponent from a Bowl Championship Series conference.
Boise State is 3-0 in its three previous season openers, defeating Oregon 19-8 in 2009 at Bronco Stadium; Virginia Tech 33-30 in 2010 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md; and Georgia 35-21 last year in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
The nationally-televised game also marks the fourth-straight year ESPN has broadcast Boise State's season opener.
Michigan State won the Legends Division of the Big Ten last year and finished the season with an 11-3 overall record, including a 33-30 win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl. The Spartans were ranked No. 10 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 11 in the final Associated Press rankings for 2011.
The Broncos ended the 2011 season with a 56-24 win over Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to finish the year at 12-1. Boise State was ranked Nos. 6 and 8 in the final coaches and media polls, respectively.
Both teams are expected to be ranked in the 2012 preseason top-25 polls which will be announced later this summer.
This is the first of a three-game series against Michigan State. The other two games are scheduled for Sept. 17, 2022, at Bronco Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023, in East Lansing.
The game will mark only the second time Boise State has faced a team from the Big Ten Conference. In 1997 the Broncos travel to the University of Wisconsin to face the Badgers and lost 28-24.