Boise State, Michigan State sign deal

Boise State and Michigan State will play a three-game series

starting with the season opener for both teams in 2012.

Officials from both schools announced the deal Friday that also

includes a game in Boise in 2022 and the final matchup in East

Lansing, Mich., in 2023.

Adding a Big Ten team is a major step for a Boise State program

looking to toughen the nonconference portion of its schedule. Next

season, the Broncos are moving into the Mountain West Conference

and will face more competitive teams like TCU and Air Force than

those the Broncos now play in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Broncos are ranked No. 2 and the Spartans No. 5.

The first game is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2012, in East Lansing

and will be broadcast by ESPN.