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Furman Football To Play Michigan State In 2016

Colton Keig
Colton Keig

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman football will face its first Big Ten Conference foe in program history in 2016 when the Paladins take on Michigan State, director of athletics Dr. Gary Clark announced today.

The game, scheduled for Sept. 17 at Spartan Stadium, gives Furman four games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents over the next four seasons.  The Paladins are also scheduled to play LSU (2013), South Carolina (2014), and Virginia Tech (2015) during that span.

"We're pleased to add Michigan State to our 2016 football schedule and look forward to the challenge," said Clark on Tuesday.

Furman, currently in its 107th season of football, has never faced a Big 10 Conference member school.  In 1958 the Paladins played Penn State, long before the Nittany Lions joined the Big 10.

The Paladins entertain arch-rival The Citadel this Saturday in a 1:30 p.m. ESPN3 televised contest that will mark the 92nd renewal of the Southern Conference's oldest active football rivalry.