Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Nebraska

Matt Charboneau: Michigan State opens Big Ten play with what might amount to its toughest test for the entire conference season. The Spartans will have their hands full trying to contain Ameer Abdullah and the Nebraska rushing attack, but their ability to control the ball and score in bunches behind QB Connor Cook should be enough for the Spartans to get their second straight win over the Cornhuskers. Michigan State 34-27

Angelique S. Chengelis: Nebraska's offense, which leads the Big Ten averaging 572.6 yards, is led by Ameer Abdullah who is averaging 166.6 yards rushing. But Michigan State is playing at home and leads the Big Ten in turnover margin at plus-nine. Michigan State 24-17

Bob Wojnowski: The Cornhuskers have had success running on the Spartans, and Ameer Abdullah might be the best back in the country. This is the game Pat Narduzzi's defense defines itself, one way or the other. Under the lights in East Lansing, I know which way to lean. Michigan State 31-20

John Niyo: Winner keeps its playoff hopes alive. And while Nebraska tends to give Michigan State fits, here's another chance for this defense to make a statement on a big stage. This time, I think they will. Michigan State 27-13