By Ashley Dunkak
Michigan State fans expecting to see Nick Saban-led Alabama match up with the Spartans in East Lansing in 2017 will be disappointed to hear that the Tide has asked to opt out of the planned home-and-home series.
Alabama had agreed to play the Spartans in Tuscaloosa in 2016 and in East Lansing the following year. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the Tide asked to opt out “due to uncertainty with the SEC schedule,” according to ESPN.
The Big Ten moves to a nine-game conference schedule in 2016, and the SEC has similar plans in the works.
Alabama, national champion in three of the last four seasons, played Michigan State in the Capitol One Bowl in 2011 and defeated the Spartans 49-7.