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Bob Wojnowski, Angelique S. Chengelis and Matt Charboneau preview the UM-Maryland and MSU-Northwestern games this weekend. The Detroit News, The Detroit News

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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 vs. Northwestern game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing (noon, FS1/760 AM).

Matt Charboneau: Michigan State is still searching on offense and that search continues against a team that has won in its last two trips to Spartan Stadium and has won three of four in the series. How much giving up a 17-point lead last week will affect Northwestern remains to be seen. But with the way the Spartans have had trouble putting teams away, expect this one to be close. Michigan State, 27-20

Angelique S. Chengelis: Northwestern had a 17-point lead early on Michigan a week ago, and once the Wolverines made adjustments, the Wildcats were shut down. This could be close for a half, but Michigan State will take over. The Spartans have some key injuries and MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke has been shouldering much of the responsibility, and he will be rewarded against the Wildcats. Michigan State, 28-10

John Niyo: The Spartans’ injuries are a big reason they’ve struggled so much offensively. And the loss of Cody White isn’t going to make life any easier, especially against a stubborn Northwestern team that has won its last four Big Ten road games and doesn’t beat itself. Michigan State, 27-21

Bob Wojnowski: The Wildcats struggle to run the ball, and the Spartans have the top run defense in the country. Hmm. Looks like you can expect Clayton Thorson to throw a ton, and Michigan State’s secondary is vulnerable. But the Spartans can pressure the quarterback, and they’ll have ample opportunity to do so. Brian Lewerke needs to cut down on turnovers, or this could be another close, crazy one. Northwestern has won three of the last four in the series and will hang around here. Michigan State, 24-17

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