Michigan State Soccer: Spartans Will Face Toledo Rockets in 2026

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The Michigan State Spartans will greet the Toledo Rockets at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing to celebrate the season opener for the 2026 season. The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 5th this year.

The game is only the second meeting ever between the two programs that share a common state *. The only meeting of the teams took place on November 7, 1925. Michigan state won the meeting 58-0.

The schools at that time were named Toledo University and Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In fact, 1925 was the year the MSU mascot switched from “Aggies” to “Sparty”.

Toledo was supposed to play at East Lansing last season, but the COVID-19 pandemic apparently canceled that when the Big Ten and Mid-American conference switched to conference-only schedules. The state of Michigan was set to pay Toledo $ 1.2 million for the game in 2020, and the new 2026 matchup is considered rescheduled, according to the game Toledo’s press release.

The Rockets have been 6-10 against Big Ten opponents since their first Purdue win in 1992, but only 6-15 against Big Ten teams. The Rockets are expected to face three Big Ten teams, including Illinois, Maryland and, before the 2026 matchup in the state of Michigan Ohio State.

As for the Spartans, the Toledo game is currently the only solid opponent on the schedule in 2026. The Big Ten list has not yet been released, there is currently no third non-conference game and the upcoming road trip Our ladywhile playing by appointment, is still waiting for an official date.

Non-conference opponents planned

2021

  • Youngstown State, September 11th
  • at the Miami HurricanesSeptember 18
  • Western Kentucky, October 2nd

2022

2023

  • Central Michigan, September 2
  • Richmond, September 9th
  • Boise State Broncos, September 16

2024

2025

  • Western Michigan, August 30th
  • Youngstown State, September 6th
  • Boston College Eagles, September 20

2026

  • Toledo, September 5th
  • at Notre Dame Fighting Irish, TBD

2027

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish, TBD
  • Central Michigan, September 11th

2028

2029

2030

  • Central Michigan, August 31
  • at Oregon Ducks, September 7th

2031

  • Washington Huskies, September 6th

* While Toledo, Ohio is technically considered part of Ohio, there are some people like this author who are still denying President Jackson’s crooked deal that stripped Michigan of its rightful claim on the Toledo Strip. No, we’re not giving back the western two-thirds of the Upper Peninsula to Wisconsin.