Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Penn State

The Detroit News

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

Spartan running back LJ Scott

Matt Charboneau: There could be a bit of a slow start for the Spartans after their dramatic victory last week at Ohio State, but it won’t take long for them to dial in and realize a trip to the Big Ten title is at stake. Connor Cook’s health will be a factor, but Michigan State’s recent surge defensively will be too much for Penn State to handle. MSU 28-10

Angelique Chengelis: Maybe the Spartans will have an emotional letdown coming off the Ohio State victory, and maybe quarterback Connor Cook won’t be ready to play, but that won’t affect their performance against Penn State. Michigan State’s defensive line should not have a problem with an overmatched Penn State offensive line, and that means Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg won’t have the time he needs. MSU 31-14

Bob Wojnowski: With the uncertain status of Connor Cook, Michigan State again will lean heavily on its offensive line, which is melding into a force. It won’t be easy against a Penn State defense that leads the nation in sacks. MSU 20-10

John Niyo: Connor Cook's absence didn't stop Michigan State from winning in Columbus. But his uncertain status means the pressure's still on the Spartans' offensive line — and that run game — if they're going to finish with a title and trip to Indianapolis. L.J. Scott's big day against the Buckeyes was a good sign, though. MSU 23-17