BOISE -- ESPN has announced that Boise State’s season opener at Michigan State will kickoff at 6 p.m. MT on Aug. 31. The game will be broadcast to a national television audience.
The game is being played at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. It marks the fourth-straight year the Broncos have opened the season against an opponent from a Bowl Championship Series conference and that ESPN will broadcast the game.
Boise State is 3-0 in its three previous season openers, defeating Oregon 19-8 in 2009 at Bronco Stadium; Virginia Tech 33-30 in 2010 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md; and Georgia 35-21 last year in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
Michigan State won the Legends Division of the Big Ten last year and finished the season with an 11-3 overall record, including a 33-30 win over Georgia in the Outback Bowl. The Spartans were ranked No. 10 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll, and No. 11 in the final Associated Press rankings for 2011.
The Broncos ended the 2011 season with a 56-24 win over Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to finish the year at 12-1. Boise State was ranked Nos. 6 and 8 in the final coaches and media polls, respectively.
Both teams are expected to be ranked in the 2012 preseason top-25 polls which will be announced later this summer.