Iowa and Michigan State play Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Find the time, TV channel and how to watch online information below for the Iowa-Michigan State game.
The Hawkeyes are 3-1 after losing 21-19 to No. 4-ranked Penn State. Michigan State is 2-1, losing 38-18 to Notre Dame in its last game. The Hawkeyes received votes in the latest Associated Press and Amway/Coaches Poll rankings.
Iowa-Michigan State game time, details
Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT kickoff
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Weather: 65 degrees and sunny at kickoff
The line: Michigan State -3.5
What TV channel is showing Iowa-Michigan State?
FOX will air the Iowa-Michigan State game.
How can I watch Iowa-Michigan State online?
Iowa and Michigan State can be watched online through FOX On The Go. Click here for more information.
How can I listen to Iowa-Michigan State on the radio?
For Iowa action, 600 AM (WMT-Cedar Rapids), 1040 AM (WHO-Des Moines) and 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) are the flagship radio stations. Gary Dolphin is the play-by-play broadcaster with Ed Podolak as the color analyst and Rob Brooks as the sideline reporter. Click here for other Iowa radio affiliates.
For Michigan State perspective, 1240 AM (WJIM-Lansing) 94.9 FM (WMMQ-Lansing) and 760 AM (WJR-Detroit) are the flagship radio stations. Click here for other Michigan State affiliates. George Blaha calls the action, while Jason Strayhorn provides analysis and Seth Newman roams the sidelines.
You can listen nationally on Sirius channel 195 and XM channel 957. The TuneIn app also provides radio coverage.
Who is calling the game for FOX?
Aaron Goldsmith handles the play-by-play, Brady Quinn provides the color and Bruce Feldman patrols the sidelines.
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Iowa-Michigan State preview
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michigan State and Iowa once were semi-annual staples on each other’s schedules, and they engaged in some doozies.
Neither fan base would list the other as a rival. Michigan State fans mark the calendar for Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Iowa fans do the same for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. But when they did meet, whether that was in the old Big Ten structure, Legends Division competition or the league championship game in 2015, it was a grueling, physical battle.
Today, the Big Ten’s version of Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots tangle at Spartan Stadium for the first time in 5 years. It’s also their first meeting since Michigan State beat Iowa 16-13 for the league title in 2015.
“It’s a mirror-image team of Iowa,” said BTN analyst Chuck Long, a former All-American quarterback at Iowa. “They recruit the same kids. Dantonio and Kirk Ferentz are just alike. We had the greatest rivalry and games against Michigan State because of that. It’s just like looking in the mirror for Iowa and Michigan State.
In 1984 at East Lansing, Long was stopped an inch short of a game-winning 2-point conversion in the final seconds and the Spartans held on 17-16. The next year in Iowa City, Long faked a handoff into the line and bootlegged around the right side untouched for a touchdown with barely any time left to lead No. 1 Iowa to a 35-31 win.
In recent years with Kirk Ferentz leading Iowa and Mark Dantonio coaching Michigan State, the series has remained just as close. In their 8 meetings since 2007, the series is tied 4-4. In 2007, Iowa prevailed 34-27 in double overtime. The ensuing seasons, Hawkeyes running back Shonn Greene was stopped on a fourth-and-1 inside the Spartans’ 30 in a 16-13 Michigan State win.
In one of Iowa’s most memorable moments under Ferentz, quarterback Ricky Stanzi connected with wide receiver Marvin McNutt on the final play for a 7-yard touchdown to win 15-13 in 2009 and improve to 8-0. At Kinnick Stadium in 2010, the Hawkeyes blasted the No. 5-ranked Spartans 37-6.
In 2011 en route to the Legends Division title. Michigan State stopped Iowa 37-21. The Hawkeyes gained revenge in 2012 with a 19-16 double-overtime win at rain-soaked Spartan Stadium. In 2013, a fake punt from the Spartans’ Mike Sadler propelled Michigan State to a 26-14 victory. In 2015, the Spartans used a 22-play drive to beat Iowa 16-13 for the Big Ten title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“I think with Iowa you get what you see,” Dantonio said. “What you experienced in the past is genuinely going to be what you get. Fundamentally very sound offensively and defensively, special teams. It will be a challenge.”
“The thing about playing Michigan State, it’s been a while over the years here,” Ferentz said, “but pretty much one thing that doesn’t change anytime you line up against them, you know you’re going to play a well-coached team, and a team that’s got good players.”
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