SpartansWire will break down each opponent on the 2018 schedule – starting with the season’s initial adversary, Utah State.
Michigan State kicks off the 2018 season with a visit from the Utah State Aggies on the Friday night of Labor Day Weekend.
What are some the key dynamics of the game that we’ll need to keep in mind between now and Friday, August 31st?
For starters, like Michigan State, Utah State University is an Land Grant institution. So, in many ways, this game will be somewhat of a family affair – and it’s reasonable to wonder why Utah State isn’t the opening game for every season.
Since Michigan State and Penn State already play each season for the right to raise one of college football’s most treasured rivalry trophies, The Land Grant Trophy –
It probably makes sense for the two schools to collaborate on a trophy that should go to the winner of the game to be played on August 31st.
Here are some suggested trophy renderings and models that would be suitable, while trying to avoid the temptation to equal the magic and splendor of The Land Grant Trophy pictured above…
Simple, elegant, penguin-adorned trophy that would generate pride for the winning team’s players and coaches, the fan base, and PETA –
Perhaps a bit esoteric – but the progressive style properly represents the ways in which these two institutions prioritize progressive approaches to education, research, and agricultural innovation –
A trophy that celebrates the many ways that our society is proudly and collaboratively adjusting to the expansion of our population’s ethic diversities – and the way in which our nation’s Land Grant institutions are paving the way our future –
More important information regarding Utah State University as we all prepare for the season opener –
Utah State University is ranked by Forbes as the 395th best university in the United States of America.
This may not seem all that impressive at face value.
However, when one considers that there is a lot of universities out there, being ranked 395th in the nation isn’t too shabby.
To put that ranking (the 395th best university in the nation) into it’s proper perspective, it’s a little bit like being Rutherford B. Hayes or James K. Polk in any of the various rankings of all of the American presidents.
Or, it’s sort of like being Ruben Studdard or Fantasia among the American Idol artists.
Or, it’s a little bit like being Philadelphia.
Among the most notable graduates of Utah State University is none other than William Marion Jardine.
Jardine, of course, was appointed by President Calvin Coolidge as the Secretary of Agriculture and he served in this role from 1925-1929. He followed that up by proudly serving as America’s Ambassador to Egypt from 1930-1933.
What most people neglect to refer to when celebrating William Marion Jardine’s contributions to the nation following his time as an undergraduate student at Utah State University is the period when he was the president of Municipal University of Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. Jardine was sworn in on October 3rd, 1933 and served until 1949.
This rare photograph captures the early beauty of the university as it began to let the nation and the world know that a university in Logan, Utah was well on its way to becoming a force to be reckoned with –
As we get closer to the season, we’ll provide additional insight and analysis designed to enhance this preview with more relevant commentary about the matchup between Michigan State and Utah State.