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Toledo to play at Michigan State in 2020

The University of Toledo football team will play at Michigan State in 2020, UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien announced yesterday.

The game will be played Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at Spartan Stadium.

The contest will mark just the second meeting between the two schools on the gridiron, and the first since 1925 when the two schools were known respectively as Toledo University and the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science.

“We are very pleased and excited to add Michigan State to our 2020 football schedule,” O’Brien said. “The Spartans have a tradition of excellence, so it definitely will be another exciting matchup for our football team and our fans. It’s also a short drive from Toledo, so I’m sure Rocket Nation will be well-represented at Spartan Stadium.”

UT Head Football Coach Jason Candle added, “Our players are always excited to play against the best competition. Playing at Michigan State will be a great experience and another exciting challenge for our football program.”

Toledo was just in its ninth year of fielding a varsity football team when Coach James Dwyer’s Rockets lost to Michigan State by the score of 58-0 in 1925. The Rockets did not face another Big Ten opponent until 1978 when they lost at Minnesota. Toledo is 6-15 all-time vs. the Big Ten, but a respectable 6-10 since its first win at Purdue in 1992. 

Information on how Rocket fans can order tickets will be provided at a later date. Tickets orders will be prioritized based on Rocket Fund/athletic donation and season ticket history.