Michigan vs. Michigan State football will be played in Ann Arbor in 2022 season


Michigan football will host Michigan State in 2022, the Big Ten Conference told the Free Press on Saturday night. The date is unknown.

The game was originally scheduled to be held in East Lansing, and both schools’ websites still list the game at Spartan Stadium for Oct. 22. But that will not be the case.

The Big Ten will release a new 2022 schedule after this season. For reference, the 2021 schedule was finalized in the first week of February 2021.

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So, why the change?

It goes back to the 2020 season and the conference-only schedule that was played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six Big Ten division games had the location changed, including two involving MSU (at Michigan, vs. Indiana) and two involving Michigan (vs. MSU, at Indiana).

The rotation of these games in future seasons was reset based on the 2020 location.

General view at Michigan Stadium prior to the game between rivals Michigan and Michigan State on Oct. 31, 2020 in Ann Arbor.

Therefore, MSU hosted Michigan in 2021 and visited Indiana, and will now visit Michigan and host Indiana in 2022.

Michigan hosts Indiana next week, and next year will face the Hoosiers on the road.

The change is beneficial for both the Spartans and Wolverines, as it breaks up the schedule by splitting the two yearly marquee division games between home and road.

MSU had been playing the Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes on the road in odd years and at home in even years. Meanwhile, Michigan was playing the Spartans and Buckeyes on the road in even years and at home in odd years.

Now, MSU hosts Michigan and visits Ohio State in odd years; Michigan visits MSU and hosts the Buckeyes in odd years.

Story continues

The Paul Bunyan Trophy resides in East Lansing for another season, after the Spartans rallied from 16 points in the second half for a 37-33 win over the Wolverines on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Kenneth Walker III scored five touchdowns, and Charles Brantley’s leaping interception sealed the victory. MSU (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) is one of five Power 5 schools still undefeated after knocking off Michigan (7-1, 4-1).

The Spartans have won 10 of the past 14 games in the rivalry, and are 2-0 under Mel Tucker. He is the only MSU coach to ever win his first two matchups vs. “that school down the road.”

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MSU won at Michigan in 2020 as 24½-point underdogs, 27-24, before a Michigan Stadium bereft of fans due to COVID-19.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan vs. Michigan State football in 2022 moved to Ann Arbor



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