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Detroit News predictions: Michigan vs. MSU

The Detroit News
Michigan running back De'Veon Smith

Angelique S. Chengelis, Matt Charboneau, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Saturday’s Michigan at Michigan State game.

Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan’s defense will be too much for Michigan State and finally will snap the Spartans winning streak. Michigan 38-10

Matt Charboneau: It’s a rivalry game, so this one could be close for maybe a quarter, but Michigan State is simply outmanned in this one. There is little indication Michigan State will be able to move the ball against the No. 1 defense in the nation, and with a handful of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, it doesn’t seem like the Spartans’ defense will be able to contain the Wolverines. Michigan State has dominated the past eight years, but that won’t be the case this time. Michigan 49-10

John Niyo: Everyone wants to talk about the end of last season’s game. But it’s the way the two previous Michigan State wins occurred that really linger with Michigan’s upperclassmen. And if there’s a revenge factor at play this time, that’s where it probably starts. Michigan 38-13

Bob Wojnowski: It’s hard to imagine many scenarios where the Spartans keep it tight against their vengeance-seeking rivals. The Wolverines are better and more experienced pretty much everywhere, and if Wilton Speight and the running backs don’t turn it over, they’ll be in control. Michigan State has problems in the trenches, and for a Mark Dantonio team, has shown a shocking lack of fight. Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan defense will get up and won’t let up, and the offense will pound away on the ground. Michigan 38-7

UM vs. MSU: Edge to Michigan at every position