The Michigan State Spartans will face their in-state rival, the Michigan Wolverines, at home as they hope to reach the top five while improving to 7-1.
No. 8 Michigan State blew out Indiana, 56-17, to improve to 6-1. However, they were unable to rise in the rankings.
They received a scare in the first half as Indiana led 17-14 in the second quarter, but the Spartans pulled away with 42 unanswered points. They will seek to put together another dominant performance against Michigan.
Quarterback Connor Cook was nearly flawless as he threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns with one interception on 24-of-32 passing. Nick Hill had his turn as the Spartans’ leading rusher with 178 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Jeremy Langford still shined though as he ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Wide receiver Tony Lippett caught seven passes for 123 yards.
The Spartans possess the third-best offense in the country with 47 points scored per game, and their defense has held its own as well with just 21.6 points allowed per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines rank 108th in the country with only 21.7 points per game. They were able to snap a three-game losing streak in their previous game though as they defeated Penn State, 18-13.
Quarterback Devin Gardner threw a touchdown pass after going three games without throwing one, but the Spartans may send him back to his old ways.
Their offense certainly has more firepower than the Wolverines, so expect this game will be lopsided.
Prediction: Michigan State 35, Michigan 17View poll on FanMob