Spartans finalize 'road' game in Detroit

The 2010 Big Ten schedule might leave you scratching your head at times.

Indiana will play a home game against Penn State in Landover, Md., which is a lot closer to State College than Bloomington.

And Michigan State will play a road game against Florida Atlantic ... in Detroit.

The Spartans-Owls game had been in the works for some time but was finalized Thursday. Michigan State opens the season against Western Michigan at home before making the 90-mile trip to Ford Field, where it will wear its road jerseys against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 11.

Florida Atlantic originally was scheduled to open its new on-campus stadium against Michigan State, but financial reasons forced the venue change.

"Because of the difficult financial climate, our completion date has been pushed back a year," FAU athletics director Craig Angelos said in a statement. "Therefore, we considered how we could still use this game toward promoting and supporting our efforts to make the stadium a reality. We thought this neutral site would be an ideal way of benefiting the stadium effort."

FAU will use proceeds from the game to fund its new stadium. Michigan State hosted the Owls in 2008 and won 17-0.

"While we were looking forward to playing the opening game in FAU's new on-campus stadium, we are delighted to be able to play a 'road game' in Detroit," Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis said in a statement. "This game is certain to have a positive financial impact on the state. It's also important to note from a financial standpoint that Michigan State will play nine of its 12 regular-season games next year in the state of Michigan, with seven games in East Lansing, one in Ann Arbor and the FAU game in Detroit."