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Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News sees the Spartans going 11-1 in the regular season, with the loss at Oregon and running the table in the Big Ten.

Aug. 29 vs. Jacksonville State (7:30 p.m., BTN)

The opener won’t be a pushover as Jacksonville State is a regular in the FCS playoffs and brings a potent offense to Spartan Stadium. But Michigan State should use the game as a good test for a defense that is breaking in six new starters and a nice tune-up for an offense that is hoping to not skip a beat from the way it closed in 2013. Prediction: Win

Sept. 6 at Oregon (6:30 p.m., Fox)

In what will be one of the most highly-anticipated non-conference games of the season, the Spartans and Ducks will meet in a top-10 battle. The winner will put itself in prime position in the national playoff race while the loser will be fighting an uphill battle. The defense will be tested by the Ducks’ high-powered offense. Prediction: Loss

Sept. 20 vs. Eastern Michigan (time and TV TBA)

The Eagles come to town with a new coach following the end of the Ron English era, one that ended badly for the coach and the program and was capped by a two-win season in 2013. The Spartans will have had a week off after the showdown with Oregon and will either be looking to keep the momentum going or to regain their footing. Prediction: Win

Sept. 27 vs. Wyoming (noon, ABC, ESPN or BTN)

The Cowboys played Nebraska tough last season and hope to do the same against Michigan State with first-year coach Craig Bohl, who is coming off three straight FCS national championships at North Dakota State. It’s only the second meeting between the teams -- the first was in 1976 -- and the Spartans will use it as a final tune-up headed into Big Ten play. Prediction: Win

Oct. 4 vs. Nebraska (8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)

Michigan State finally got its first win over Nebraska last season and will try to kick off conference play with two straight. The Huskers will likely be in the hunt to win the West Division behind the running of Ameer Abdullah but the Spartans will carry memories of the last visit from the Huskers in 2012, one that ended with a controversial loss. Prediction: Win

Oct. 11 at Purdue (time and TV TBA)

The Spartans offense struggled last season against Purdue, but that was more of an aberration. Expect Connor Cook and company to stuff the stat sheet against the Boilermakers, a team that won just one game last season as second-year coach Darrell Hazell continues his quest to bring Purdue back to a competitive level. Prediction: Win

Oct. 18 at Indiana (3:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN or BTN)

This could be a tricky road game because the Hoosiers have an electric offense that has scored its share of points against the Spartans, including 28 last season at Spartan Stadium. But the Hoosiers also have a hard time keeping opponents off the scoreboard and the Michigan State offense should have a field day. Prediction: Win

Oct. 25 vs. Michigan (time and TV TBA)

A quirk in the scheduling has the Wolverines back in Spartan Stadium for the second straight season, a place they haven’t won since 2007. Michigan State has won five of six in the series after dominating Michigan in 2013 and a win this season will likely set the Spartans up for a showdown two weeks later with Ohio State. Prediction: Win

Nov. 8 vs. Ohio State (8 p.m., ABC)

Things took an unexpected turn when the Buckeyes lost quarterback Braxton Miller for the season but Ohio State will still be one of the best teams in the Big Ten and this meeting likely will determine the East champion. The Spartans have won two of the last three meetings, including the conference championship game last season. Prediction: Win

Nov. 15 at Maryland (8 p.m., BTN)

The Spartans will have to avoid an emotional letdown -- win or lose the previous week -- and the Terrapins have a good offense. This will likely be a gut-check game for the Spartans, who will have a return trip to Indianapolis in their sights if they can avoid looking past any of the final three games. Prediction: Win

Nov. 22 vs. Rutgers (time and TV TBA)

The Scarlet Knights will have a tough transition entering the Big Ten and could just be playing out the string at this point after going through a difficult first-year schedule. The teams last met in 2004, a Rutgers win, but all signs now point to Michigan State welcoming Rutgers to the Big Ten with another loss. Prediction: Win

Nov. 29 at Penn State (time and TV TBA)

The Spartans could be trying to seal up a spot in the conference title game in the regular-season finale. The last time they visited State College, it was in 2010 and a victory locked up a share of the Big Ten title. First-year coach James Franklin has brought plenty of buzz to the Nittany Lions, who will be playing their final game of the season. Prediction: Win

Overall: 11-1

Big Ten: 8-0

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