Who CBS Sports thinks MSU football should play as its permanent rivals once USC, UCLA join Big Ten

How will USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten alter the scheduling moving forward? CBS Sports took a dive into how that could play out with a fun new model that should make Spartans fans happy.

With USC and UCLA joining the league in 2024, it’s widely believed the Big Ten is going to scrap divisions. If it does, the most practical scheduling option would be the 3-6-6 model. That alignment gives each school three permanent annual rivals and alternates between the other 12 schools every other year.

This model was what Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports used this week to create his projection for each team’s three permanent rivals. See who Fornelli has Michigan State playing annually once the Trojans and Bruins join the league below:


My thoughts: Well this was an obvious choice, right? There’s no way Michigan wouldn’t be one of the Spartans’ annual permanent rivals. This is one of the Big Ten’s best rivalries, and it will continue as always when USC and UCLA join the league.


My thoughts: Someone has to get stuck with Rutgers, and I’m honestly not that mad if it’s the Spartans. Yes, this isn’t going to be a game that fans are clamoring for, but the possibility of having an often routine victory over one of your permanent rivals is a good thing. Especially, with the other two projected permanent rivals for Michigan State.


My thoughts: This is the one that got me most excited. We knew Michigan State would get Michigan and figured they’d get a lower-tier team as their second permanent rival, but the third one was going to be interesting. Fornelli gave the Spartans USC as their third permanent rival and that would be a home run for Michigan State. Another team to consider would be Penn State but I personally would rather have USC as an annual matchup.

Rest of Big Ten Permanent Rivals

Click on the tweet below to see Fornelli’s complete permanent rivals for each Big Ten team:

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