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Detroit News predictions: Michigan State vs. Penn State

The Detroit News

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

Linebacker Riley Bullough and the rest of the Michigan State defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks.

Matt Charboneau: Michigan State has played well the last two weeks thanks to a running game that has been on a roll and a pass rush that suddenly appeared last week against Ohio State. It will be a challenge slowing Penn State QB Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley, but Michigan State did a decent job against Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and Mike Weber. It won’t send the Spartans to a bowl, but look for the upset that will ruin the Nittany Lions' title hopes. Michigan State 24-21

Angelique S. Chengelis: Michigan State has been looking more like the Michigan State team I thought the Spartans would be this season. Going to and winning in Penn State isn’t easy, and the Nittany Lions certainly have plenty on the line. Michigan State 24-21

John Niyo: There won’t be any bowl practices, but at least the young Spartans got a chance to play the last few weeks. Unfortunately, next year’s quarterbacks weren’t among them. The two quarterbacks left standing simply don’t get it done. Penn State 28-24

Bob Wojnowski: Two months ago, if you suggested Michigan State would be 3-8 and Penn State would be 9-2 and in championship contention, you’d be checked for delirium. But the Nittany Lions turned their season around behind star back Saquon Barkley and a revived defense, and they have enormous incentive in this one. The Spartans showed life the past two games but they’re stepping into a cauldron, and the Nittany Lions will be in payback mode. Penn State 34-13