No question, the Michigan State Spartans are already anxiously awaiting the start of the 2017 football season so they can quickly forget to 2016 and bounce back.
Originally, the 2017 scheduled for the Spartans to have bye in Week 1 of college football next season then play for 12 consecutive weeks. Early bye weeks can always be a factor in why a team may struggle or seem tired out as the season progresses. It’s not to say that a Week 2 bye week this year for the Spartans was a definitive factor, they had far worse issues than scheduling, but it does gradually come into play (pun intended).
However, on Thursday, the school announced some minor changes to the 2017 schedule that allows for some sort of flexibility.
The bye week for the Spartans has been moved to Week 3, which is tabbed for the weekend of Saturday, September 16. The home games against both Bowling Green and Western Michigan, which were originally scheduled for Weeks 2 and 3 respectively, all move up one week. And following the Week 3 bye, they will welcome in Notre Dame to cap off their non-conference slate in Week 4 (9/23). It’s the third of four consecutive home games for the Spartans to open 2017, which ends in Week 5 (9/30) against Iowa in the Big Ten opener.
Both Bowling Green and Western Michigan also had to make concurrent scheduling alterations as well.
— BGSU Athletics (@BGathletics) December 8, 2016
The new first four games of the 2017 season for WMU football:
9/2 – at USC
9/9 – at Mich St
9/16 – vs Idaho
9/23 – vs Wagner
— Brian Kaufman (@BrianKaufmanTV) December 8, 2016
You can view the future schedules for Michigan State football here. Among the notable non-conference games scheduled beyond 2017 are home-and-home series with Arizona State (2018-19), BYU (2020), Miami-FL (2020-21) and Boise State (2022-23).