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Penn State-Michigan State to Play at Ford Field on NBC Black Friday

Photo by Penn State Athletics: PSU players with the Land Grant Trophy in 2016

Penn State and Michigan State’s Black Friday clash will take place at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions 7:30 on NBC, Michigan State announced via Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

In a large story written by ESPN College Football Insider Thamel titled “How an unfinished TV deal led to an unexpectedly hectic first month for the new Big Ten commissioner,” published Sunday, Thamel reported that the two schools will play Friday, Nov. 24, instead of Saturday, Nov. 25, “to make short-term sacrifices to help the league make up for some lost revenue from the NBC deal.”

”Penn State will play on the road in a short week on Black Friday against Michigan State,” Thamel wrote, “a game that was scheduled before Penn State agreed to it.”

This will be the first time the schools will play in a location that isn’t University Park or East Lansing.

The teams have met 37 times, with the meeting becoming an annual occurrence beginning in 1993, when Penn State started playing in the Big Ten.

Penn State and Michigan State played every year from 1993-2010, then didn’t play from 2011-13 due to the Big Ten splitting its teams into divisions.

PSU was in the “Leaders Division,” and Michigan State in the “Legends.” The conference realigned before the 2014 season, and Penn State and Michigan State both landed in the Big Ten East.

Therefore, the teams have played every season since 2014.

Penn State’s won three of the last four meetings, with the most recent being a 35-16 win at Beaver Stadium this past November.

This is the second scheduled game Penn State that will be on NBC. Penn State’s season opener against West Virginia is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 on NBC in Beaver Stadium.

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