Michigan State vs. Nebraska Game Preview, Prediction

Michigan State vs. Nebraska Game Preview, Prediction

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Michigan State vs. Nebraska Game Preview, Prediction

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Oct 24, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) gets outside the Indiana Hoosiers defense during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 24, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back LJ Scott (3) gets outside the Indiana Hoosiers defense during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports


Is this a trap game for Michigan State (8-0)? The Spartans have had some rocky moments, and now they have to face a desperate and embarrassed Nebraska (3-6) fighting for its season’s survival. Could this be the biggest Saturday curveball? Check out the Michigan State vs. Nebraska game preview and prediction.

Michigan State vs. Nebraska Game Preview

Broadcast

Date: Saturday, Nov. 7
Game Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln NE
Network: ESPN
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Why You Need To Care

It’s a strange question to ask of an 8-0 team careening towards a shot at the playoff – is Michigan State actually any good? It’s obviously good, but to be more exact, is it really national title good? Can a team with true playoff aspirations struggle so much with Purdue and Michigan, and have so many problems in seemingly every game? 8-0 is 8-0, and there’s just one more game to go after this – Maryland – before the showdown of showdowns against Ohio State. But going to Nebraska might be hard enough, considering how flaky MSU has been throughout the year and with a playoff-type of atmosphere in Lincoln.

For all the talk about Nebraska being five plays away from being 8-0 going into the Purdue game, that all flew out the window with the stunning 55-45 loss to Purdue last week. But there was one key part to the loss that stood out above all else – the team never quit. It kept fighting and fighting and fighting, but it had too big a hill to climb over. Now the Huskers have to win out to go bowling, and as bad as this year might be, that all changes if they can screw up Michigan State, win at Rutgers, and derail the Iowa dream, this would be a successful season in a lot of ways.

Why Michigan State Will Win

Connor Cook, get that right arm ready. For all the talk about Nebraska needing just a little more tweaking under the new coaching staff before it finally all starts to kick in, that goes out the window when it comes to the pass defense. The Husker secondary has been awful, allowing 16 touchdown passes and failing to come up with a pick in five of the last six games. Getting 300 yards on this group wasn’t a problem over the first half of the season, and in the second half, just keeping the chains moving hasn’t been much of an issue. Cook has been terrific at carrying the offense at times – should be able to bomb away for well over 300 yards.

Why Nebraska Will Win

You want to see a team ready to come out balling? With QB Tommy Armstrong ready to give it a go after missing the Purdue game with a toe injury, and with this a night game and with a chance to really and truly be Nebraska again for one night, this should be one well-motivated team that should play at a whole other level – at least that’s the hope for the Huskers. Putting together a consistent full four quarters has been an issue for the Spartans, but that could prove costly. Nebraska has a slew of issues, but effort hasn’t been a problem, especially from the passing game, and especially from …

Player Who Matters

Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp, the team’s leading receiver with 49 grabs for 658 yards and five scores, needs to have a huge game. Banged up throughout the year, he showed what he could do last week trying to bring the team back in the Purdue loss with nine catches for 123 yards and a score. Last year he gave Michigan State fits in the 27-22 Nebraska loss, catching nine passes for a career-high 158 yards. He’ll be targeted, but he’ll have to come close to doing that again.

What’s Going To Happen?

The game will play out like the season. Nebraska will be the better team for most of the game, but when it comes down to that one big play needed, it won’t happen. Michigan State will be great early, will disappear in a puzzling way for long stretches in the middle of the game, and then will come through big in the final few minutes to pull away just enough to get out alive.

Michigan State vs. Nebraska Prediction

Final Score: Michigan State 34, Nebraska 27, Line: Michigan State -6, o/u: 57.5

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