The centerpiece of this sports weekend at Michigan State is obviously Saturday’s home football game against Nebraska.
But there may not be a better weekend this year in terms of quality of events across this many sports, from men’s basketball and hockey, to soccer and a visit from the No. 4-ranked Nebraska women’s volleyball team, which is flying in with its football team.
Here are the highlights of the weekend lineup:
Football: MSU hosts 21st-ranked Nebraska at 3:30 on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. The game is being televised on ABC. The Spartans (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) have never beaten the Cornhuskers (6-2, 3-1) and haven’t played them in East Lansing since 1995.
Men’s basketball: MSU hosts St. Cloud State (yes, basketball; not hockey) at 8:30 Friday night in its second exhibition game. Tom Izzo’s nephew plays for this Division II program out of Minnesota.
Hockey: The Spartans begin their home-and-home weekend series with Bowling Green at Munn Ice Arena with a rare 5 p.m. Friday face-off, allowing fans to catch both the hockey game and the men’s basketball game.
Volleyball: MSU plays Iowa at 6:30 Friday night, but the showcase game of the weekend is Saturday’s 8 o’clock match against perennial power Nebraska at Jenison Field House. The Spartans lost at Nebraska, 3-0, in late September. Coach Cathy George expects a sea of red at Jenison coming over from the visiting crowd at the football game.