Michigan State will look to open its season at 2-0 when it hosts Western Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 9, for a 3:40 p.m. ET kickoff.
Michigan State holds an 8-0 record against the Broncos at Spartan Stadium. The two teams last faced off in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2015, with the Spartans beating the hosts 37-24 on their way to a College Football Playoff berth.
Below, find all game time, TV information and watch online information for the Michigan State-Western Michigan game.
Michigan State vs. Western Michigan game time, details
Time: 3:40 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
Weather: Mostly sunny skies with 7 mph wind. It’s expected to be 65 degrees at kickoff.
The line: Michigan State is a 7-point favorite.
Over/under: 49.5 points
What TV channel is showing Michigan State-Western Michigan?
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
How can I watch Michigan State-Western Michigan online?
How can I listen to Michigan State-Western Michigan on the radio?
The game can be heard on radio over the 39-affiliate Spartan Sports Network, including flagship stations WMMQ-FM (94.9)/WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. It is also on Sirius channel 137, XM channel 195 and SiriusXM.com channel 957.
George Blaha will call the game with Jason Strayhorn handling analysis and Seth Newman on the sideline.
Who is calling the game for BTN?
Brandon Gaudin will handle play-by-play and Glen Mason will offer analysis. Elise Menaker will be on the sideline.
Michigan State vs. Western Michigan, 3 keys to the game
1. Western Michigan’s running backs
In its 49-21 loss at USC, Western Michigan ran the ball four times for every one throw. The Broncos’ four running backs — LeVante Bellamy, Jamauri Bogan, Jarvion Franklin and Davon Tucker — combined to rush 41 times for 231 yards in the game.
Michigan State will need a solid push from its defensive tackles, and middle linebacker Joe Bachie will have to fly around like he did against Bowling Green. The Spartans know what’s coming, but that won’t make it a whole lot easier to stop.
2. Michigan State’s aerial attack
The most fun story of the game will be Michigan State wide receiver Trishton Jackson going up against his brother, Western Michigan cornerback Obbie. But maybe the most intriguing will be Broncos cornerback Darius Phillips against whomever he’s covering.
Spartans quarterback Brian Lewerke needs to make sure he takes healthy risks against this talented Western Michigan secondary. He and his offense can’t afford to make as many mistakes as they did in the opener, when they lost three fumbles.
3. Special teams
Oh, that Darius Phillips guy? You may remember him from when he returned a kick 100 yards for a touchdown against Michigan State two years ago. The Spartans were still able to come away with a win in that game, but Phillips’ heroics didn’t make it easy.
Kick and punt coverage will be crucial for Michigan State. The Spartans have a veteran punter in Jake Hartbarger, and on kickoffs, they have Brett Scanlon, who played alongside Phillips at Western Michigan. Coach Mark Dantonio and his team should know exactly what they’re dealing with.