It’s a busy weekend around East Lansing. ESPN’s College GameDay is less than 24 hours away from kicking off the MSU-Ohio State festivities. Today, MSU’s swim team is holding an outdoor meet at 5 p.m. at IM West. And here are a ton of links to get you geared up for the start of Big Ten football season.
First, I take a look at the five things to watch for when the Spartans and Buckeyes kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (ABC). Not-so-surprisingly, MSU’s receivers catching the ball is one of them. We’ll have our predictions and matchups in tomorrow’s edition of the LSJ and online overnight at GreenAndWhite.com. And here’s a video preview from Brian and Graham to whet your appetite.
One person who is bummed out to be missing the experience is former Atlanta Braves star John Smoltz, who grew up in Lansing and came a day away from pitching for the Spartans before signing with the Detroit Tigers out of Waverly High.
Speaking of area high school stars, James Jackson could have been on the sideline Saturday and playing for Ohio State. Instead, the former Grand Ledge wide receiver transferred after two years in Columbus and has started to blossom in his second season at Division II Wayne State – and one of his coaches thinks NFL teams should be watching for the speedster.
Also on campus today, MSU’s field hockey team hosts Indiana at 3 p.m. at Ralph Young Stadium, and the women’s soccer team hosts Nebraska at 4 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. There’s also a soccer doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, with the women hosting Iowa at 1 p.m., followed by the Spartan men against Northwestern at 3:30. Big Ten Network will televise both of those games.
Here’s the details for GameDay’s broadcast – gates open at 7 a.m. Saturday, on the north side of Beaumont Tower near the MSU Unioin. We’ll have some troops embedded in the festivities over there bringing you updates on Twitter and LSJ.com. The Spartan hockey will hold its Meet The Spartans event on Tuesday at Munn Arena. The women’s basketball TV schedule came out today.
Check back here for more before kickoff tomorrow.