The crown jewel acquisition of Michigan State's offseason wasn't a recruit or a promising new assistant coach or even new foam steroids to take Sparty's delts and tris to the next level of foam-jacked-ness.
No, no, where Michigan State really upgraded was a complete overhaul to its audio/video situation. The upgrades include two large scoreboards in the north end zone and 450 feet of ribbon boards, but the centerpiece is a mammoth scoreboard and video screen in the south end zone.
The Big Ten Network is in East Lansing today, and the crew got its first look at the scoreboard in its fully operational state. It's posted above, and it looks mighty fine.
As some folks on Twitter pointed out, the scoreboard shows a 68-64 lead for the Spartans over Boise State at the start of the fourth quarter, which would make the Week 1 matchup between MSU and Boise potentially the greatest game of football ever played. How do the teams even get to those scores, anyway? Lots of going for two-point conversions?
That aside, all we ask is that the score be featured more prominently when there isn't a replay or video feature to be shown. That's the most important thing, right? The score?
But this looks very, very cool—and it looks worlds better than what Michigan State had been using before. So kudos all around.