IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa and Michigan State will hook up for the first time since their epic 2015 Big Ten championship battle at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT) Sept. 30 on FOX.
The Hawkeyes (3-0) and Spartans (2-0) were ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, when they met in Indianapolis on Dec. 5, 2015 for the Big Ten title. Michigan State embarked on a 22-play, 82-yard drive that milked 9 minutes and 4 seconds off the clock and ended with an L.J. Scott 1-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left. The Spartans won the game, the Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff berth in a 16-13 victory.
Iowa-Michigan State series history
The former rivals last met in the regular season in 2013 at Kinnick Stadium, where a fourth-quarter fake punt by Spartans punter Mike Sadler led to a 26-14 Michigan State victory. Their last meeting in East Lansing was in 2012, when Iowa pulled out a 19-16 double-overtime win. It marked Kirk Ferentz’s 100th career victory.
Ferentz and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio have played 8 times against one another, and the series is split 4-4. Four of the games were determined by a field goal or less.