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No. 21 Michigan State (four-1, 2-zero Massive Ten) at Minnesota (three-2, zero-2), Saturday eight p.m. ET (BTN).
Line: Michigan State by four.
Collection document: Michigan State leads 29-17.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Michigan State, coming off an impressed upset at Michigan, is again within the Prime 25 for the primary time since Sept. 25, 2016. The Spartans are eight-2 underneath coach Mark Dantonio within the video games performed instantly after the rival Wolverines, so don’t anticipate a letup on the street towards a Gophers staff nonetheless discovering its means in Huge Ten play beneath first-yr coach P.J. Fleck. The Spartans must be favored the subsequent two weeks, too, earlier than Penn State and Ohio State arrive on the schedule for the primary two video games in November.
Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie vs. Minnesota operating backs Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith. The sophomore Bachie, who was named Huge Ten Defensive Participant of the Week after tallying 10 tackles, a sack, an interception, a pressured fumble and a cross breakup towards Michigan, leads the Spartans in tackles and drives a protection that’s ranked fourth within the FBS in yards per recreation allowed. The Gophers are averaging one hundred ninety yards dashing per recreation, with Smith and Brooks rating sixth and seventh within the convention amongst particular person rushers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Michigan State: FS David Dowell. He turned the primary Spartans participant with two interceptions in a single recreation since Trae Waynes on Oct. four, 2014.
Minnesota: QB Conor Rhoda. He has 4 turnovers in two Huge Ten video games, together with an interception that killed a last-minute drive towards each Maryland and Purdue with the Gophers trailing by a landing every time.
FACTS & FIGURES
Dantonio is four-1 towards the Gophers, with 4 wins in a row. The one loss was forty two-34 on Oct. 31, 2009, an evening recreation at Minnesota that included 865 yards of offense, 26 penalties and 5 turnovers between the 2 groups. … Spartans QB Brian Lewerke has led the group in dashing in 4 of 5 video games. … The Gophers are the least-penalized staff within the Huge Ten and eighth within the FBS. They’ve been flagged 21 occasions, down from the forty three penalties that they had by way of 5 video games final season.
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