Michigan State adds Youngstown State to 2025 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Michigan State Spartans have added the Youngstown State Penguins to their 2025 football schedule, according to MSU’s 2019 football media guide.

Michigan State will host Youngstown State at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing on September 6, 2025. The two schools are also scheduled to meet at Spartan Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021, which we previously reported.

Michigan State and Youngstown State first met on the gridiron in 2011 and then played two seasons later in 2013, both times in East Lansing. The Spartans defeated the Penguins 28-6 in 2011 and 55-17 in 2013.

Youngstown State is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Penguins finished the 2018 season 4-7 overall and 3-5 in conference play.

The addition of Youngstown State completes Michigan State’s 2025 football schedule. The Spartans are also scheduled to host Western Michigan (Aug. 30) and Boston College (Sept. 20) in non-conference action.

The Big Ten conference football schedule has also been announced through the 2025 season. Michigan State’s opponents that season include Indiana, Maryland, Illinois, and Penn State at home and Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Ohio State on the road.

Since the Big Ten loosened their restrictions on scheduling FCS opponents, Michigan State has added three contests with their members. The Spartans have the two previously mentioned Youngstown State contests plus a home contest against Richmond in 2023.

Youngstown State now has six games scheduled against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents. The Penguins are scheduled to play at Akron in 2020, at Michigan State in 2021 and 2025, at Kentucky in 2022 and 2026, and at Maryland in 2027.

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