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Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Indiana

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Detroit News staff writers predict the Old Brass Spittoon will be heading back to East Lansing.

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

Matt Charboneau: Michigan State was held without a touchdownin Big Ten play for the first time since 2010 in last week’s loss to Wisconsin, and it will need to turn that around quickly against an Indiana team that can score — quickly. The defense has been solid, though getting off the field on third down is a worry. Michigan State 30-21

Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan State will continue to shake off last week’s loss to Wisconsin with a win at Indiana. Hoosiers QB Richard Lagow threw five INTs last week, although he has thrown for 1,002 yards in three games. If Lagow settles down that could mean trouble for the Spartans pass defense, ranked 12th in the Big Ten. The key will be pressure from Michigan State — and QB Tyler O’Connor needs forget last week. Michigan State 24-17

John Niyo: Tyler O’Connor got Badgered pretty good a week ago, and he’ll have to be better. It’s Indiana, but it’s also another night game on the road, and the Hoosiers will put up some points. Getting the ball in Donnie Corley’s hands — early, if not often — might be a good place to start. Michigan State 34-21

Bob Wojnowski: The Spartans need to get QB Tyler O’Connor comfortable, but that’s not their biggest task. They have to crank up the pass rush and shore up the secondary because Hoosiers QB Richard Lagow will throw and throw. He had 496 yards and five INTs in a loss last week. The Spartans should harass him into mistakes. Michigan State 38-31