Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Nebraska

The Detroit News

Matt Charboneau, Angelique S. Chengelis, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's Michigan State-Nebraska game.

Matt Charboneau: Nebraska has its back up against the wall and is dealing with its share of injuries, however, QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. is back after missing last week with a turf toe injury and will cause problems for the Michigan State defense. The Spartans, though, are healthy along the offensive line for the first time in weeks and should be able to put up plenty of points against the 10th-ranked defense in the Big Ten. Michigan State 38-24

Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan State QB Connor Cook has had three straight games of 300 or more yards passing, and now he’ll be working behind an offensive line that’s healthy for the first time since Week 2. This doesn’t seem to be a good combination for Nebraska, which is third to last in the Big Ten in pass defense. Michigan State 42-13

Bob Wojnowski: This looks like a dangerous night game for the Spartans, until you look closely at the Cornhuskers defense. Nebraska is 3-6 and has lost some heartbreakers, but also has been shredded by questionable offenses. With Connor Cook rolling, and the offensive line getting healthier, and playoff implications getting closer, the Spartans will hit a few bumps because of the road environment, but will score plenty. Michigan State 38-24

John Niyo: The Spartans seem to be getting healthy, but the Cornhuskers always give them trouble. How much trouble depends on the health of Tommy Armstrong, though. Because there’s no doubt Michigan State will put up points. Michigan State 34-24

Connor Cook has passed for 300 yards or more in three straight games.