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Utah State adds game vs. Michigan State, Washington

Both of these are road games in 2018 and 2020.

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The Utah State Aggies added a pair of guarantee games to their future football schedules. They added a road game at Michigan State in 2018 and then a 2020 game at Washington.

Per the Aggies will earn a nice sum of $2.9 million total for the games.

The 2018 game against Michigan State will be the season opener for 2018 on Sept. 1 at Spartans Stadium. This payout is $1.4 million and it will be the first time ever meeting between these programs.

Game two will pay the Aggies slightly more to visit Washington and will earn $1.5 million for the Sept. 19, 2020 game at Husky Stadium.

These two additional games against Power 5 programs falls in line with Utah State's scheduling policy for out of league games.

Starting in 2017 and going through 2021, Utah State plays BYU four times has one FCS team, zero Group of Five teams and eight other games against power conference teams in their non-conference schedule.

Playing games against power conference teams give the Aggies a chance to knock off good opponents and make good money in the process, but not in front of their own fans.

It is well documented that teams from leagues outside of a power conference need these road pay days to fund their program, but there needs to be a balance to schedule home games. Getting big name schools to come to Logan, Utah, is tough but why not also try to bring an above MAC or AAC team to town.

2018 non-conference schedule

  • 09/01 - at Michigan State
  • 10/05 - at BYU

2020 non-conference schedule

  • 09/05 - Washington State
  • 09/19 - at Washington
  • 10/02 - at BYU